Cecilia Henle is a fine artist who paints in oils, pastels, and watercolor in a range of styles from realist to abstract. Her original fine art pastels and prints have been exhibited and collected across the United States and Europe for almost twenty years, and selected artworks are internationally licensed and published. Her pastels are known for their rich textures on hand-made papers, using the finest hand-ground and formed pastels from Europe. Henle’s original pastel series tells the story of man’s beginnings and depict ancient rock and cave art symbology, along with forms shaped by her own understanding and expression, from a modern viewpoint. Her watercolors are highly developed studies in color, light, line and pattern, across a range of subjects including florals and up-close figurative compositions. In this work, the artist explores ways of revealing the inner state of a being, a “who and what are you” quaere!…. rather than “how you look in exterior form”. Henle’s research and artistic exploration of the styles and meanings of primitive art forms led to a deep respect and appreciation for man’s ancient artistic beginnings, and how man’s first explanations of the mysterious universe has shaped us. The exploration continues, in various new forms, such as the newer series of abstract oils on canvas, highly textured shapes with a sparkling of gold and copper leafs and chemical patinas inspired by the earths interior places. These paintings are shaped by a similar intent, an exploration of the inner workings of man and earth, following a vein of intuition towards the vast interior of uncharted realms, and each new painting is informed by the last.
“We have given shape to our world by making marks that represent, symbolize and sometimes copy nature to a high degree, to shape the form of our beliefs, tell stories about our world, and try to express visually our complex inner landscapes.
Art is amazing. It opens one up to larger worlds, both real and imaginary. In my journey to understand the cultures and people that inspire me in my work, I have been reminded again and again of where it all started. The study of the first art ever created has helped me know art in a new way, that transcends all culture, all boundaries and all beliefs, bringing us together as one human species who have the incredible gift of creative expression.
My work is intended to celebrate the inspiring in life, to evoke and awaken respect and understanding of the cultures surrounding us, and to honor the first artists of the world.
The paintings are bossy, unrelenting elements that take over, and I must listen and be the instrument to express them, or lose sight of the (visual/artistic) path that I am on…it is their light that draws me forwards into the unknown, in any given work. It is an incredible joy to be humbled by the power of creativity, and to place all of my experience and skill at it’s command.”
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