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Cecilia Henle

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Cecilia Henle is a fine artist who paints in oils, pastels, and watercolor in a range of styles from realist to abstract. She is currently working part time as art sales liasons to art buyers and web galleries in addition to her studio work on commissioned artworks and works for her galleries and publisher.

Henle's pastels and prints have been exhibited and collected across the United States and Europe for almost twenty years. Her pastels are known for their rich textures and stories depicting ancient rock and cave art from Europe to the Americas. Her watercolors are highly developed studies in color, light and pattern, across a range of subjects including florals and figurative compositions. National Geographic publisher, Hampton Brown has recently published "Aurochs and Deer" in one of their books on art.

Her studies and artistic exploration of the styles and meanings of both European and Native American primitive art led to a deep respect and appreciation for man's ancient artistic beginnings.

From primitive human cave paintings to American petroglyph and pictograph imagery, there is left a visual legacy of mans first attempts to explain the mysterious universe, to evoke and control the powers of nature, and record events. We certainly owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation to our ancient ancestors for making these marks for the first time, it was the beginning of all art!

Artist's Statement

" The very first role of artist was as intermediary between worlds, bringing into being spiritual insight in the form of painted and carved symbols and enhance understanding of life events and therefore, survival. I view this legacy with a high degree of respect- as a pictorial view of how we gave shape to our views of the universe.

My view as an artist and painter is that we have given shape to our world by making marks that represent, and symbolize and even copy nature to a high degree, to shape the form of our beliefs, and tell the stories of our inner realms.

Art is amazing. It opens one up to larger worlds, both real and imaginary. In my journey to understand the cultures and people that inspire me in my work, I have been reminded again and again of where it all started. The study of the first art ever created has helped me know art in a new way, that transcends all culture, all boundaries and all beliefs, bringing us together as one human species who have the incredible gift of creative expression.

My work is intended to celebrate the inspiring in life, to evoke and awaken respect and understanding of the cultures surrounding us, and to honor the first artists of the world."

Two of my favorite cave art sites:

Chauvet Pont'D'Arc

Lascaux, Montignac, France

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