New Directions 2008 is a totally new approach for Henry.
No more watercolors; she is painting in oil and acrylic. The colors almost explode off the canvases in abstracts full of motion and space. The collection also includes a series of monotypes with a playful suite of tango shoes.
Pat Henry invites all to visit her studio on June 6th (6:00 – 9:30pm) at Jacarandas 183 in Zona Romantica to see New Directions 2008, a show of her new work. June 6th from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 183 Jacarandas – Zona Romantica. For information: 222-4119
After June 20th the studio will open by appointment.
Puerto Vallarta artist Pat Henry sailed into Marina Vallarta on her 31’ sailboat eleven years ago this week and decided to stay. After traveling 40,000 miles alone and visiting 40 countries, with the natural beauty of the Bay, the charm of the old town, the local art scene, and the incredibly friendly people, she chose PV for her home.
Henry continued painting the watercolor scenes that had paid her way around the world… markets, old buildings, and daily life from along her route.
Throughout the years of Henry’s voyage (’89 – ’97), each time she put down her brushes to sail across another ocean or to repair and do the numerous maintenance jobs on board an active sailboat, she vowed to become more free with her painting… to loosen up and let the paint fly.
And each time she began painting again, her work became even more precise. Her watercolors were well known for the attention to detail and the feeling of being drawn into the scene. Not realism, but realistic and full of color.
In 1999, she took a painting sabbatical to write the story of her adventure and the inner journey that ensued, By the Grace of the Sea: A Woman’s Solo Odyssey Around the World (McGraw Hill/International Marine) was published in 2002.
With many projects and interests over the following years… a book tour and speaking engagements, the John Huston Homage, Coming About… the women’s sailing school she launched, helping to bring the Wallace Method to Puerto Vallarta, and her involvement in TangoVallarta… it took a long time for Henry to find her way back to painting. But she has.