HENRIETTA STUART

Henrietta's latest inspiration comes from different parts of the country: from the Western coast of Scotland, the coastal paths and beaches of Devon, and the coastal waters around Chichester.

Henrietta came back to the UK in 2011 from the Languedoc in France and started work in Wimbledon Art Studios. Since her return, she has moved away from the blues of the Languedoc, to a far more dramatic palette. She has fallen increasingly in love with the British light. The drama of the cloudscapes, mixed with the subtlety of the morning light , or the glory of a sunset have become the essence of my compositions.

Henrietta's work is informed by her daily walks with the dogs through Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common or along by the river Thames.  Everyday she is stopped in her tracks by the beauty of the light. It is these moments that fuel her days. Her paintings are rarely site specific, they are a fusion of the vast coastal vistas and the more intimate inland light.  Compositions woven from memory infused with a sense of place.

Henrietta paints in oil and has recently started to paint over a gesso ground on board and as well and painting on canvas. She builds up the paintings using layer on layer of paint playing with the transparent and opaque qualities of different colours, techniques used by Titian and Turner. She has started to incorporate silver/copper and gold leaf into some of the paintings which gives a different play on light using the reflective quality to add another dimension.

Henrietta's works are to be found in collections in New York, Houston, Vancouver, Sydney, Perth, and Paris as well as the UK.