Tim Henry was born and raised in Southern Illinois, and grew up in a big house set on a wide field next to thick forest. At the age of five, his family moved to Southern California, where Tim was brought up on the beach until his early 20s. His family raised him on a pair of skis, on surfboards, and aboard sailboats. He's lived in Berkeley, Lake Tahoe, Napa and Point Reyes, the French Alps, Holland and rural Italy, Florida, the Bahamas, Costa Rica and Indonesia. He's lived in Maine, and on Martha's Vineyard. Tim would go on to work on boats, teach sailing, work at ski resorts, sail across oceans, windsurf for 20 years, and eventually work as a journalist specializing in waterfront issues. And through it all, he made art from all of these points of view.
Nature — and especially water — would define his life-long interests, and represent everything that he wanted to express.
He took a few art classes through school — and even a few in college — but has always been an autodidact, working through trial and error to create art. He grew up consuming surf magazines, and was raised on surf photography. He grew up in the over-the-top, screaming-neon 1980s, when everything seemed like a cartoon of itself. He would gravitate toward van Gogh and Turner. Then it was modern artists such as Rick Griffin and Justin Bua. And now, it's people like Martin Machado, Kenny Vaden and Nettrice Gaskins. His most profound influence would be Hokusai's 'Great Wave off Kanagawa'.
Tim has been drawing his entire life, though always working in spurts. He started painting in the early 2000s, as well as sketching voraciously in plein air (using blue ballpoint pen), and got serious about being an artist. But the full-time work began in 2013, when Tim started producing a dozen or so paintings a year, plus an abundance of drawings.
Tim has been working as a journalist for 15 years, and for the last five at Latitude 38, a Bay Area-based sailing magazine. He's an avid outdoors-person, hiking in Marin in the winter, and windsurfing on the Bay in the summer. All of his artwork comes from either real-world observations of the places he goes, or from fantastical musings of those places.
— Self Taught
Exhibition and Work Experience:
— Artwork and photography featured in various issues of Latitude 38 — a monthly magazine — 2017 to present
— Featured work at offices of Latitude 38, Mill Valley, California, 2017 to 2020
— The Hub Community Gallery, Vallejo, for three different shows, Summer 2016 to Spring 2017
— Hung work at SenS Hotel/Coffee Shop, North Berkeley, Spring 2015
— Contracted for graphic design by a client to design name for 25-foot powerboat, 2014
— Artwork featured on album cover for 'Strange Mountain', 2013
— Hung work at a private residence at Taman Rasuna, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2012
— Photographs featured in The Point Reyes Light — a weekly newspaper — 2009 to 2010
— Cartoonist, Golden Gate Xpress — a weekly newspaper — 2007 to 2008
— Hung work at private residences in York and Kittery, Maine, 2003 to 2005