Leilani Havens

"Blooms Gone Wild"

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Leilani Havens

After studying art at Leighton School of Art and Marquette University, I completed my masters and PhD at the University of Wisconsin where I joined the faculty of the Architecture Department teaching courses in design and human behavior. 


Life led me to a career in international work in developing countries, living and working in Africa for six years. Across cultures I developed a deep appreciation of village artisans, their use of simple materials, the richness of colors, use of texture, and immediacy of essential forms. 


My current work seeks to reflect that spirit using painted and torn pieces of rice, hemp, mulberry papers, and fibers, on board with the paintings wrapping around the edges so they can be seen from various angles. I am represented by Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay, Maine.