Leilani Havens lives and paints on Muscongus Island, Maine, and in Jensen Beach, Florida. You can find her work at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay, Maine.
Life on Muscongus Island provides unending vistas, the rocky shores of neighboring islands, sunset reflections off Monhegan Island across the bay, waves foaming over shoals. From our deck each morning’s sunrise is unique, subtle mauve streaking through pink, to tangerine and gold poured out on the sea. Lobster boats plow from trap to trap with their entourage of gulls heralding the catch. It is a working waterfront. With every change of light the colors change. Every change of wind changes the texture of the sea. Torn pieces of rice, hemp, mulberry paper, all of the various washi, fibers, and found materials help me attempt to recreate the vibrance of the scene.