"My work is an enchanted positive statement. It is an attempt to open up to the observer the more mystical dimensions of ordinary objects. I wish to provide an uplifting experience through my paintings.....my pieces are best described by experiencing them....."

Maui artist Willow B. Norris was interested in drawing just anything and everything from a young age. Primarily self taught, she also attended classes at The Art Institute of Boston, The School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, WA, and the The University of Washington as well as belonging to numerous open figure drawing groups in the Pacific NW.

Her paintings reflect an inner peace on a spiritual path.....taking the observer on a journey of enchantment, capturing the love and enjoyment of life. Generally not focusing on any central theme, Willow's subject matter swings from whimsical to spiritual. Her work is truly mixed media. Willow typically first renders a detailed drawing on high quality archival watercolour paper. She then applies various water soluble pigments with sable hair watercolour brushes. This slow build-up of many washes (often as many as 10-20 or more layers) achieves the bold richness of colour evident in her pieces. She sometimes incorporates the use of fine pigmented wax to accomplish the desired effect.

Since moving to Maui Willow has focused on her Dragonfly Dream series.

Dragonfly Magic

In some Native American cultures Dragonflies represent much symbolism.....they are magic. The Dragonfly is an important insect in Zuni legend, where they are shamanistic creatures with supernatural powers. In Hopi rock art, the Dragonfly is symbolized by a vertical line with two or sometimes one, horizontal cross line. If you feel the need for change, call on the dream time magic of the Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

Prints

The prints available for purchase of Willow's pieces are all Giclees produced on archival canvas and papers using pigment inks. The display permanence ratings for these prints are up to 203 years.

Gallery Locations

Napua Gallery
Grand Wailea
A Waldorf Astoria Resort
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
808.874.0510


Maui Hands Gallery
84 Hana Hwy
Paia, Maui, Hawaii
808.579.9245


Maui Hands Gallery
1169 Makawao Ave
Makawao, Maui, Hawaii
808.572.2008


Maui Hands Gallery
612 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
808.667.9898


Turnbull Studios, Gallery
and Sculpture Garden
5030 Kahekili Hwy.
Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
808.244.0101


Kristen Gallery
5320 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.522.2011