Hawaii artist Nora Yamanoha draws inspiration from the landscape and light of nature. She interprets her impressions in abstracts images in Monotype and mixed media. Particularly known for her inspiring monotypes, they invite the viewer on a journey of pictorial space and progression of time. She has exhibited widely throughout Hawaii and the mainland. In recognition of Yamanoha’s sensitivity to this medium, she has received numerous awards and has an extensive collection of works purchased by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts .
Yamanoha works with inks on a Plexiglas, metal, wood or paper plates, which is then passed through a press, producing a single, unique image, hence the name “Monotype”.
Attempting to capture the sense of movement, Yamanoha adds shadows so that her forms appear to float in space with light coming from behind. She lays down her inks with rollers and then uses a range of implements and her fingers to make marks or remove pigment, producing beautifully controlled color gradations and subtly textured surfaces which are the hallmarks of her works.
Through the process of mixed media, Yamanoha has been creating a series of scroll paintings similar to her monotypes scroll series. These paintings depict her abstract interpretations of our surroundings.