CV

Cecilia Henle is a fine artist who paints in oils, pastels, and watercolor in a range of styles from realist to abstract. She is currently working on a new series of paintings, as well as commissioned artworks and works for her galleries and publisher.

Henle's pastels and prints have been exhibited and collected across the United States and Europe for over twenty years. Her pastels are known for their rich textures and stories depicting ancient rock and cave art from Europe to the Americas. Her watercolors are highly developed studies in color, light and pattern, across a range of subjects including florals and figurative compositions. Henles new work encompasses the artists expression of her own life experience in a more intimate look at what she calls the "Interior Landscape".

Her studies and artistic exploration of the styles and meanings of both European and Native American primitive art led to a deep respect and appreciation for man's ancient artistic beginnings.

From primitive human cave paintings to American petroglyph and pictograph imagery, there is left a visual legacy of mans first attempts to explain the mysterious universe, to evoke and control the powers of nature, and record events. We certainly owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation to our ancient ancestors for making these marks for the first time, it was the beginning of all art!


Visit http://www.henlestudio.com/artjournal to read about the artist's projects and see new work!


ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My view as an artist and painter is that we have given shape to our world by making marks that represent, and symbolize and even copy nature to a high degree, to shape the form of our beliefs, and tell the stories of our inner realms.

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 Creation, and 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.

"Ring the bells that still can ring/Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That's how the light gets in"
(Leonard Cohen)