Alanis Forde is a contemporary Barbadian artist who specializes in expressionistic realism portraiture. She works mainly with oil paint and collage. Alanis attended the Barbados communityCollege and attained her bachelor’s degree in Studio art. She’s been in a number of group exhibitions at The Barbados Museum and Historical Society,Vermont Studio Center, Gallo Family Gallery at Strohl Art Center in New York along with a few other non-conventional spaces. Forde has just completed her second residency at the Chautauqua Institution Visual Arts Program of June2020. In the years she’s been creating, Alanis’ concepts are based primarily on the black female identity in an idealized, exotic, paradisiacal Caribbean space. Through her proxy she navigates life through paradise.