Artist Patrick Henry embarks on a new chapter in his professional life
It was four years ago when we chronicled the life and career of Berlin artist Patrick Henry. The piece was called “In Transition,” and we chose that headline because it was so appropriate for that stage of Pat’s personal and professional life. At the time, he was celebrating the opening of an exhibit highlighting two decades of his renowned artwork while simultaneously grieving the unimaginable loss of four family members, including his mother, brother and sister, within 12 months.
Today, Pat is making another transition in his life.
His new gallery, located at 4 Bay Street (across from Berlin’s Town Hall), provides an abundant area to display his impressive works, but more importantly, offers him the ideal artistic environment, saturated with rays of sunlight that permeate the space through the day’s mid-afternoon hours. He describes the space as “the perfect setting” for the beginning of a new chapter.
With his daughter, Stephanie, entering her senior year of high school and his wife, Velda, thriving in her career with the Worcester County Public Schools, Pat now finds himself with more time to paint — time he’ll spend on a new series of 90 paintings that will embody a new style of his work.
“I don’t feel quite as guilty retreating into my artistic world now,” Pat said. “I am excited to set greater challenges for myself — ones that I know I am capable of accomplishing. In this new series, I am reaching far within myself and I am much more critical of my work. I am trying to get away from having to render a scene so accurately and incorporating more moody, earthy and dramatic elements. I am using bigger brushes and building my paintings more slowly than I did in the past.”
While Pat has primarily captured settings on the Eastern Shore, his new series will incorporate picturesque landscapes from the Carolinas, including spots near the home of his dear friend, Oliver Purnell, a Berlin native and men’s head basketball coach at Clemson University. By expanding the geography depicted in his art, Pat aspires to market himself, and the Eastern Shore, in that territory.
Patrick L. Henry Fine Arts