"Elliott way is the main drag in the Ballard area. I liked the way the road seemed uplifting. I wanted to paint this to be very loose and not overly definitive."
- Henry Van Voast
Prints are produced on demand on either mounted wrapped canvas or giclee fine art paper in a variety of sizes here in the United States. High quality print reproductions for your home or office designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities.
“Art is just something I must do. Fish are made to swim, birds are made to fly, athletes must be athletes, thinkers must be thinkers, and artists are supposed to paint.”
Seattle-based artist Henry Van Voast has started a new chapter in his life, creating art and taking other conscious actions to improve his situation. Henry describes achieving sobriety through a supportive community and learning to be at peace while living with mental illness. He has now discovered a newfound confidence in himself. Henry is affiliated with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission’s Art From the Streets program, which offers weekly opportunities for artistic expression and a space for men and women experiencing homelessness to explore the arts as a catalyst for healing and therapy.
Today, Henry, can confidently say, “I have a life that I am proud of and feel psychologically healthy.” His present goals are simply “to get better at painting” and to discover how he can best “contribute to life.” Henry wants to share his story to inspire others and show that, despite the challenges life may present, “it's still a beautiful world out there.”
Henry approaches painting intuitively, often creating scenes from memory from his birthplace in Maine, the local scenery of Seattle, or his journeys in between. He originally attended college hoping to become a competitive ski racer, but found his love of art almost by mistake when he attended the “wrong” art class on the first day of classes. He describes that instead of attending a “basic painting skills” class, which he would have found boring, he walked into the wrong classroom and found a painting teacher who became his mentor throughout college and helped him grow his talents as an artist.“It was miracle” he describes.
Henry quickly realized that his dreams of professional skiing may not have been what he expected, and life may have brought other challenges along the way, but he maintained a lifelong connection with his artwork which allowed him to always remain connected with beauty.
Henry feels at his best when he is painting. “It's the most exciting thing in the whole world to get a big glob of paint on your paintbrush and be armed for the attack,” to transform a blank canvas into something of great beauty. “This is what I hope to share with the world through my art.”
Our Fine Art Paper and Photo Paper are OBA-free acid-free, 310gsm, bright white water-resistant paper made from 100% cotton. The fine art paper is a premium, flat, textured canvas paper. Our Mounted Canvas is a polycotton blend matte canvas using a pH coating that is optical brightener additive-free, acid-free, and whitening agent-free.
Each of our frames are hand built upon order to fit each piece. fine art paper and photo paper prints are framed with classic contemporary authentic wood measuring 1¼” w x ¾” h with a ⅝” rabbet with glass covering and optional white matting. Our mounted canvas prints are framed in floating authentic wood measuring ⅝” w x 2” h with a 1 ¾” rabbet.
Prints and frames are made to order and ship from within 5-7 business days of your purchase via UPS from California. If your prints arrive damaged please let us know and we will correct them for you.
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