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Artist Matt Henn will have an exhibition of his works 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at "Hair and Body." 2222 Avenida de Mesilla. The show, entitled “Bosque del Apache: February Hues,” will include 21 painting from Henn’s second series dedicated to national wildlife refuge near San Antonio, New Mexico. The paintings “were done completely with palette knives,” Henn said. All of them are oil on stretched canvas.
The paintings “all have gray skies,” Henn said. “This is intentional, as it is my representation of the days Lee (his wife) and I visited (the bosque) in February 2019. It was cold and drizzly and always overcast. I did my best to convey this and hope the viewer gets this feel. I had to create many of the skies so that each painting projects a different day. It was fun challenge.”
Henn, 76, didn’t start painting until he was 40. After a long career as a construction worker, roofer, handyman and writer, he found his life’s passion with a brush or a palette knife in his hand.
“I just fell into it,” said Henn, a native New Yorker who moved to Las Cruces from near San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lee, in 2015.
They left Las Cruces for Fredericksburg, Texas, in 2019, and Henn has been trying to schedule a return exhibition since then – cancelled three times previously because of the pandemic.