Born in Mississippi, Alena moved across country to Colorado where in 2004 she graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. It wasn't until her senior year of college she realized her passion for clay. A self-taught sculptor, Alena spent her time learning as much as she could from sculpting forums and sculptors in the industry, including the deviant art community, which helped her land a sculpting job with Blue Sky Studios in New York at the end of 2005. Currently creating character maquettes for films in development, Alena's film credits include Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and the soon to be released Rio. She has freelanced with DC Comics and has contributed her sculptures to many other charity auctions/events such as the Totoro Forest Project, Brown Stone to Red Dirt, Beautiful Grim and Art Blocks for Ghana. Alena's sculptures have also appeared in the fantasy art annual Spectrum 14 & 17 and in the Society of Illustrators 3rd Bienniel Dimensional Exhibition in New York City.