Henrietta paints abstract oil on canvases, based on ‘things seen’: formerly still life, now mostly landscape, in which she aims to evoke time and place, using colour and light. She paints in thin layers, laying paint over paint to exploit its transparency, a technique of which Turner and Titian were both masters.
Her formative influences include Giorgio Morandi, Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Clyfford Still. Morandi is remembered for pointing out that “There is nothing more abstract than the visible world”. In her own way she sets out to make abstract compositions out of things she has seen, and been moved by. She has exhibited not only in the United Kingdom, but also in Europe and the United States.
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