"When painting, I always reveal some tidbit about my life. My paintings are about the people I've met, places I've been, things I reflect upon or fleeting moments that left an impression on my personal world. No greater sense of fulfillment is possible than to have you sharing the same moods and emotions. Look upon my paintings as an appeal for you to pause and assimilate for a moment that which more often we allow to pass on into time."
Patrick Henry's journey began, and has continued for more than five decades on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a land that author James Michener described as being saved by the mosquito in his book, Chesapeake; so much so, the Native Indians migrated to the western shore when the swarms came. It is a land of farms, marsh, ocean dunes, and long stretches of flats that look similar, but
are so very different.
The gentle simplicity of Patrick's youth left an undeniable impact on him. However, he has chosen not to depict this changing culture in a melancholic expression, but rather with a colorful affirmation of the reality of evolution.
Early on, Patrick worked in masonry and maintenance positions to subsidize his oil painting career. Slowly, as his work increased in recognition he was able to devote more time to his passion.
It is a land of people: watermen, farmers, brick masons, teachers and day laborers. They live their lives intertwined--knowing each other and the land around them with a depth of knowledge that is not forgotten as the years go by and as the people and the land change. It is this land and this people that is captured in Henry's work.
During the 1990's, Patrick was involved in one-man and group exhibitions through out the mid-Atlantic region. A major mural commission at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland highlighted that time period.
For the next 10 years, Patrick's work was represented by galleries outside the Eastern Shore region. With a successful inaugural show at Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, a whole new wave of collectors became exposed to Patrick's artwork.
In 2005, The Daily Times recognized Patrick as Delmarva's Best Local Artist. The Reginald R. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Maryland presented the "Patrick L. Henry: Into the Light," exhibition in 2007. Patrick achieved the career-long dream, of having his work displayed in a museum during his life-time.
In 2010, the Lewis Museum purchased Patrick's painting "Berlin Milling Company," for their permanent collection. Recognition continued in 2011 as Maryland Life Magazine's Reader Poll selected Patrick as the Lower Eastern Shore Finest Artist.
Clearly, Patrick's career path has been a unique one. But Patrick's passion and solid work ethic has been the driving force that has allowed his work to flourish.
Henry Fine Arts
In 1986, Patrick Henry began offering limited edition offset prints reproduced from his original oil paintings. At the same time, his pen and ink graphics were being marketed through t-shirts, tote bags, and other printed art products. Over the next two decades his Old Lantern Studio trade name evolved into Henry Fine Arts.
Today, utilizing digital technology, Henry Fine Arts has been able to offer the art consumer a broad range of art products. These offerings now include over forty limited edition giclee (digital) prints, open edition 8 1/2" x 11" digital reproduction prints, digital photographs, posters, as well as notecard packages.
As Henry Fine Arts evolves with the times, a time honored standard remains. Patrick Henry is committed to continually offer intimate and nostalgic images of Maryland's Eastern Shore region.