Henrietta lives and works at the westernmost point of England, at the tip of Cornwall, known as West Penwith. Born in 1966 in Sussex she was drawn to Cornwall by its rich heritage and has been inspired by the painting of the post-war mid-generation St. Ives artists such as Roger Hilton, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, and Brian Wynter who themselves followed in the footsteps of Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth.
After a brief spell living in France following postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London, 1989-92, it was the light, art and space which drew Henrietta to Cornwall, where she has been based with her family for over 15 years.
Henrietta is becoming equally well known and collected for her abstract paintings and more recently her return to the figure. She thrives on the challenge of working in both genres simultaneously with each informing the other.
The abstracts are as autobiographical as the figures, both “deconstructions and reconstructions of life”.
For this exhibition, Henrietta’s female forms, all from her imagination, express the strength and power of being a woman as well as the underlying vulnerability and how it “feels” to be female.
Henrietta is represented by Lynne Strover Gallery in Cambridge.