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Art & Life with Henry Balzer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Henry Balzer.

Henry, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m one of those for whom drawing was always there. While I have other interests, art seems to be the God-given natural talent for me. Machines have always fascinated me, and are often the subject of my paintings.

In terms of education, I was able to receive private instruction in pastel from John Gnagy at his studio in Idyllwild in the 1970s. His instruction was an immense encouragement to me and helped to shape the illustration style of my art. I continued with dry media until taking illustration and design classes at the Art Center at Night in Pasadena where I was introduced to painting in acrylic. Much of my recent work has been in acrylic, but I still find pencil work very enjoyable.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Many artists are inspired by the shapes and textures found in nature. I’m one who finds the forms and surfaces of manufactured items just as compelling, and painting is a natural way for me to express that. I enjoy exhibiting the interaction of light on various types of finishes such as metal, glass, and paint. There are many seemingly common items that are in fact the final product of much design and workmanship. I feel that my work is a success if the viewer can see the visual interest in these objects that might not be appreciated otherwise.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities, and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Time can ultimately be money, and using time efficiently is key. Don’t waste it by making art that compromises your style in order to fit a particular venue or show. If there is a style that you want to be known for, don’t waste time doing something else just for exposure.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am a member of the Redlands Art Association and frequently show work at their gallery. Images of some of my work can be found at henrybalzer.com.

Contact Info:

  • Website: henrybalzer.com
  • Phone: 909 335-9059
  • Email: hbalzer@verizon.net
  • Instagram: henrybalzerart

Image Credit:
Henry Balzer

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