Leilani Norman’s nomadic childhood in the American Southeast can be seen in her imagery. “I spent a lot of time roaming the streets of small towns, mining for culture in the libraries or just lying hidden in the tall grass of empty lots,” she says. Her painting studio is in Bellingham, Washington, at the edge of the Salish Sea.
Leilani has maintained various studios over the last twenty-five years, producing primarily three-dimensional objects for galleries and the interior design market: jewelry, ceramics, metal and glass. Her dedication to producing upcycled, USA made, decorative items led to the development of sustainable production for her award-winning enterprise, SpectraDécor. Its eco-friendly decorative hardware received the Interior Design Product of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
Leilani’s painting practice generates abstracted landscapes. To describe her process-oriented art practice, Leilani says, “I don’t paint what I see. I see what I’ve painted.” Some favorite artists include Agnes Martin, David Hockney, Marc Rothko, and Lee Krasner. Her travels to visually and culturally dramatic locations around the world are treasured experiences that inform her work.