Color is Orna Willis’ greatest fascination. Design and architecture have always intrigued Willis and her use of geometric shapes is what she brings from that love. Her work is meant to bring pleasure, first to the senses, then to the mind. When the senses are stimulated, the mind will work all the better. Her art is her story, told with a needle and hand dyed fibers. The dance of Middle Eastern color with the structure of mathematics intrigue Willis. She paints with her needle and tells the tale of tradition, history, and origin in a contemporary way.
Name: Orna Willis
Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel
Haifa University, Associate Degree
Significant or special training:
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Ofer Lellouche, painting mentor, studied privately with him in Tel Aviv
Particular field of study or class work:
Major influences/admired artists:
I am influenced by architecture and its place in the natural surroundings.
Favorite materials or media:
Hand dyed threads
Stay in Touch
Sign up to receive news about the PCC Art Collection at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.