Minimalist artist based in Nanoose Bay, specializing in portraits, animals
I am Emma Henry! My journey began back in 2013, when my 11 year old self decided to enter an art contest held in my sixth grade classroom. I had hardly drawn before that day, but found that my drawing turned out to look identical to the photograph I had modelled it after. I was shocked at this sudden new ability I had discovered I have, and I haven't stopped drawing since!
My artwork started with photorealistic animals, which is what I focused on for the first 7 or 8 years of my career. Pet portraits were something I adored, but I wanted to be able to do more. My itch for education was growing, and the first COVID-19 quarantine gave me just enough time to decide that portraits were what I wanted to paint.
My art and specific style is incredibly and uniquely dynamic, and so is ever changing. I am constantly teaching myself new mediums and finding new subjects to capture in my artworks, and so, while you may visit my social media and see a portrait that I'm working on today, next month it may be a lion or a sunset on a beach! My portraits are a perfect example of this, as it took me a few tries to find the style which I preferred. While it may be hard to keep up sometimes it also leaves you endless options!
The summer of 2020 was rough in many ways, but the one thing that held my attention was the Black Lives Matter movement that swept the world. I was seeing so much emotion in the faces of so many beautiful people. So much sadness and fear, but at times also joy, excitement, and love. As soon as I got time, I sat down in my mother's basement, and didn't leave until I had taught myself how to paint people, and faces. I wanted to capture as much of that beauty as I could. That is what my portraits are for. To show you as much of it as I can.