Henry Coe

I work in oils on a large and small scale and prefer to work en plein air as much as possible. Small works take a few hours and large ones can take a few weeks. I return to paint at the same time everyday.

I like to paint the lengthening shadows and lowering light that occur toward the end of day or the softer light of early morning. Ideally, I want my work to have a sense of light traveling through air in space. Having a palpable sense of air in a painting is very important to me. The light and shadow define the mundane objects of a landscape I see as disappearing: small family farms or the rural industrial look that at one time was representative of many small towns.

I have worked primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, coastal Maine and western France.

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