Sharing his art with the public
He will be presenting 30 paintings, a mix of acrylics and oils, in a solo show at the Art Gallery at the Centerville Police Department during April.
“This is an excellent opportunity for me. Like all artists, I want to get my work out into the public eye, and show work that they’ll like and appreciate,” said Henry.
The subject matter is wide: landscapes, seascapes, still life, abstracts, people/animal portraits, and nature. He’s not locked into one subject or medium.
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“I paint a wide range of categories; I don’t concentrate on any one area. I like to paint everything,” said Henry. “Acrylics dry fast, but oils blend better. Oils are a deeper quality of paint, but the way I paint, it’s hard to tell the difference. It depends upon the finish you use with acrylics.”
Recently changing his style
He has varied his style of painting most recently. It runs on a continuum from detailed realism to recognizable but simpler forms, to abstract explosions of color.
“Blue Gray Day” is a realistic seascape, with two old boats, a weathered dock, and good play of light, shadow and reflection. For a landscape titled “Africa,” he focused on a mirror image of a few simple forms. His untitled abstracts show a fluidity of form and movement.
“For me, the process of work in organizing color on a blank canvas and trying out new techniques is engrossing,” Henry said. “The best painting is always the one you are currently working on. You get so attached and involved in the painting itself.”
Besides art he likes to play golf, garden, and is happily attached to his family: wife Marilyn, four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
“I’m hoping one of them will be an artist,” Henry said.
Want to Go?
What: "An Art Collection of Color and Form" by Don Henry
Where: Art Gallery at the Centerville Police Department, 155 W. Spring Valley Road.
When: April 1-30
Opening Reception: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9
More Info: 937-433-7151; donhenryartist.com