Henry W Dixon
Henry W. Dixon paints predominately in watercolor, and is a realist painter in style, and his subjects are people, places and things, ie, figures, landscapes and still lifes. His figures are mainly those of children and the elderly, whose actions and demeanor seem unpretentious and natural. He enjoys capturing his figures as they really are. His landscapes are those that are of rocky terrain, such as the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mountains, etc. His still lifes takes on an abstract quality when mixed with a strong light source. Depicting light on his subjects is what evokes the most pleasure in him from his painting.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Dixon grew up in Chicago, Illinios With his mother, an older brother and three sisters. While attending elementary school there, he occcasionally got into trouble for drawing in class when he should have been finishing his class assignments. At the age of eighteen he and his family moved to Niles, Michigan where he graduated from high school and later attended Western Michigan University and received his formal art training.
He holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Art and Master of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. After graduation, he was recruited by Hallmark Card in Kansas City, MO. where he now resides and works out of his studio. Henry has a wife(Rena),and three sons( Rodney, Reginald and Ryan).
Dixon is intrigued and awed by such masters as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Moran. Homer and Sargent for their figures and Moran for his stunning landscapes. His major tool for capturing his subjects is one of his best friends, his camera.
Henry was selected as one of five artists to represent North America in London, England at St. James Palace for the Winsor and Newton World-Wide Millennium Painting Competition, "Our World in the year 2000." Fifty-one countries from around the world were represented including the U.S.A. There were over 22,000 entries, a record that was recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records. HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), chaired the panel of judges. The exhibition was also shown in Stockholm, Sweden and the United Nations Building in New York.
Henry W. Dixon became a signature member of the National Watercolor Society in 1995, which was their 75th anniversary. The records of the society from 1920 - 1995, which included artists and slides of their work became part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution Art Archives in Washington, D.C.