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Artist's Statements


COMPREHENSIVE ARTIST'S STATEMENT, 2010
Simple Ways, 2007
A Sense of the Past, 2007
A Sense of Place, 2006
Recent Works, 2006
No Boundaries, 2005
Dusk to Dawn, 2004
A Tradition, 2004
Bucks County, 2003
Heritage, 2002
Bradley Hendershot's Maine, 2002
Between the Brush Strokes, 2002
Near Home, 2001
Special Places, Special Times, 2000
Quiet Sounds of Nature, 1999

ARTIST'S STATEMENT: COMPREHENSIVE

May 2010

Image of painting titled London Vale Rural Pennsylvania and coastal Maine – regions that I know well, regions that have special meaning to me.

An old stone mill, an abandoned farmhouse, an empty corncrib, an aging barn, - each one a structure yet much more. Time and history have left their imprint. Each one evokes a special place, a special time. They are all a part of a rural community and a way of life that is quickly fading into the past. They are all part of the Pennsylvania heritage that is rapidly disappearing. I’d like to feel, in a way, that I have preserved them in my paintings.

A stately lighthouse watching over a stormy sea, a weathered lobster shanty on a tiny island, the pounding surf on a rugged shoreline - places that evoke special emotions. I’ve always loved the sea - the salt air, the sea spray, the energy of the surf, the legends of the coastal lights, the romance of it all. I hope these feelings come across in my paintings of two places that are very special to me - mid-coast Maine, and the remote Monhegan Island.

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Artist's Statement: Simple Ways

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, November 2007

Image of painting titled Drifted Inn I've always been attracted to the past—the way people lived their daily lives, the way they did their chores, and the way they earned their livelihood.

In Pennsylvania, it was the farmer, and the miller, and the blacksmith. In Maine, it was the fisherman, and the lobsterman, and the lighthouse keeper.

They became a part of our heritage through innovations developed through hard work and love of the land and of the sea. In many ways, life was hard, yet simple and fulfilling.

From the aged farmhouses, barns, and mills of the southeastern Pennsylvania countryside to the weather-beaten fish houses and lighthouses of mid-coast Maine and Monhegan Island, I take us back in time to that simpler life.

Please join me as you view the exhibition I proudly call “Simple Ways”.

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Artist's Statement: A Sense of the Past

Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, Delaware, March 2007

Image of painting titled Bieber's Rise I've always been interested in history, not so much for history's sake as an end, but in the structures and implements left behind by earlier generations. I have a keen interest in how things were done in the past, and the innovations developed through hard work and love of the land.

My study of the stone mills and farmhouses, the plows and milk cans, help me to better understand who and what we are, and how we became who we are today.

By painting our history, I feel that I've helped to preserve a rural community and a way of life that is quickly fading into the past. I offer my reflections, through this exhibition, to today’s generations.

I invite you to sense our history, as I present an exhibition I proudly call “A Sense of the Past”.

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Artist's Statement: A Sense of Place

Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, November 2006

Image of painting titled Bucks County Almost all of my work centers around the two places that I call home—rural Pennsylvania and coastal Maine. I return again and again to these same locales, and often to the same subjects and scenes, maybe capturing them in a different light, or from a different angle.

The farmers of rural Pennsylvania and the lobstermen of coastal Maine are intimately tied to the land and to the sea, and truly have a keen sense of place. I share their love of the land and water, and have developed quite an interest in how the inhabitants of each place live their daily lives. I attempt to capture their sense of place by depicting their distinct houses, barns, boats, and tools.

Each painting is very personal to me, and represents subjects that are close to home, and that I know well. Often, I find myself trying to preserve a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

I’ve always wanted to do an exhibition in my home town—where I grew up. The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center has provided the opportunity to do just that. So, for the first time ever in my own home town, I invite you into my life, and to an exhibition I proudly call “A Sense of Place”.

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Artist's Statement: Recent Works, 2006

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, June 2006

Image of painting titled Evening Star Almost all of the work in this exhibition was created during the winter of 2005-2006. The collection represents my most recent work, and all but two paintings were done close to my home and studio in Pennsylvania. I’m very tied to my immediate surroundings—the places and things that I know intimately—and I return again and again to these same locales, and often to the same subjects and scenes, maybe capturing them in a different light, or from a different angle.

Often, I find myself trying to preserve a way of rural life that is rapidly disappearing from our Pennsylvania landscape. Each painting is very personal to me, and represents subjects that are close to home, and that I know well. I hope that my intense feelings for these subjects come across in my paintings of a rural life that is very special to me.

I invite you into my life—to view my winter’s work in a collection called “Recent Works, 2006”.

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Artist's Statement: No Boundaries

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, November 2005

Image of painting titled Coyote Run Those who have experienced my previous exhibitions have witnessed both a consistency of work and an adherence to a chosen theme.

For this exhibition, I have elected to step outside of the box and present a collection of work that has no boundaries.

This recent body of work features paintings done in Maine and Pennsylvania, in both watercolour and acrylic, and in very large and very small format. Farm scenes, railroad stations, still life, and maybe even some figurative work will be presented. Those looking for the classic “Hendershot stone farmhouse in the snow” will not be disappointed, either.

I invite you to join me “outside the box” as I present a diverse collection of my newest work, in an exhibition I proudly call “No Boundaries”.

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Artist's Statement: Dusk to Dawn

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, September 2004

Image of painting titled Moonrise at Knabb Farm I've always wanted to do a show that featured paintings of the hours between dusk and dawn.

Dusk - when the sun is setting, and chores are just being finished; when the first lights appear in the windows and the evening meal is being served.

Dawn - when the sun is rising, and the day of chores lies ahead; when the lights in the windows represent the early risers gathering for breakfast.

The Hours in Between - when the house and barn are quiet, but the landscape comes alive under the light of a full moon; both beautiful and mysterious at the same time. As with all my night scenes, I imagine myself being "nighted", not knighted, and sign my paintings "Sir Bradley Hendershot" in honor of my "nighthood"!

I invite you into those quiet hours when the sun has left the sky, and the moon dominates the heavens, as I proudly present an exhibition entitled "Dusk to Dawn".

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Artist's Statement: Bucks County

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, October 2003

Image of painting titled Bucks County Bucks County is a name that is well known beyond its own geographical boundaries. The pastoral countryside of Bucks County has attracted landscape painters since the nineteenth century. The fieldstone farmhouses and barns, the mills and bridges, remind us of the rich history that dates to pre-Revolutionary times.

I've always been interested in history, not so much for history's sake as an end, but in the structures and implements left behind by earlier generations. I have a keen interest in how things were done in the past, and the innovations developed through hard work and love of the land. My studies of Bucks County and the surrounding area help me to better understand who and what we are, and how we became who we are today.

The pieces in this exhibition were painted on the lands in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I feel that I've helped to preserve some of our history as I offer it here, through this exhibition, to today's generations.

I invite you to sense the rich history of Bucks County, and the surrounding region, as I present an exhibition I proudly call "Bradley Hendershot’s Bucks County".

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Artist's Statement: Heritage

Hardcastle Gallery, October 2002

Image of painting titled Heritage her' it age, n. something handed down from one's ancestors or the past, as a characteristic, a culture, tradition, etc.*

I've always been interested in history, not so much for history's sake as an end, but in the structures and implements left behind by earlier generations. I have a keen interest in how things were done in the past, and the innovations developed through hard work and love of the land.

My study of the stone mills and farmhouses, the plows and milk cans, help me to better understand who and what we are, and how we became who we are today.

By painting our heritage, I feel that I've helped to preserve some of our past. I offer it here, through this exhibition, to today's generations.

I invite you to sense our history, as I present an exhibition I proudly call "Heritage".

*Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Deluxe 2nd Edition, copyright 1983.
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Artist's Statement: Bradley Hendershot's Maine

Gallery-by-the-Sea, Port Clyde, Maine, June 2002

Image of painting titled Morning Prayers As a young boy, I first came to Maine with my parents. Over the years, the voice has called me, beckoning me to return. Each year, I spend more time in Maine, my emotions and love for the coast ever-building.

It is this strong emotion that drives me to paint. The places that I paint are those that lie closest to my heart, and best describe the way I feel about Maine.

I’ve always loved the sea - the salt air, the sea spray, the energy of the surf, the legends of the coastal lights, the romance of it all. It is my hope that these strong feelings come across in my paintings.

I invite you into my life in Maine, and to an exhibition I proudly call "Bradley Hendershot’s Maine".

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Artist's Statement: Hendershot and Cable, Between the Brush Strokes

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, April 2002

Image of painting titled Attic Light Artist Jerry Cable and I came up with this unique concept one day over breakfast, and presented it to Travis Gallery, and this exhibition was the result.

Travis Gallery invites the art appreciator and collector to observe two artists as they bring their studios into the gallery.

Few collectors are ever permitted into the solitude of the artist's studio, and unless they happen upon the artist painting on location, they are never able to witness the artist at work.

Many collectors probably purchase a work of art and never have the opportunity to learn what goes into the thought process as the artist pauses "Between the Brush Strokes".

This unique occasion offers the observer the opportunity to witness the creative process first-hand and to discuss a painting in process.

This program also offers me, as the artist, the opportunity to talk first-hand with supporters about what I do, and how I take a nebulous concept from preliminary sketches and studies to a finished painting. Several works in progress will be available for review and discussion, and a number of new paintings will be presented in the accompanying exhibition.

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Artist's Statement: Near Home

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, October 2001

Image of painting titled Millennium Moon Rural Pennsylvania and coastal Maine - regions that I know well, regions that have special meaning to me.

Forty miles out of Philadelphia, in Upper Hanover Township, I paint the barns and mills, the houses and outbuildings, of rural Pennsylvania.

Twelve miles out to sea from Port Clyde, on remote Monhegan Island, I paint the fish houses and skiffs, the rocks and sea, of midcoast Maine.

These are the places I call home - places close to my heart - and the paintings done in these places depict my life.

I hope my intense feelings come across in my paintings of these two places that are very special to me.

I invite you into my life, and to an exhibition I proudly call "Near Home".

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Artist's Statement: Special Places, Special Times

Hardcastle Gallery, Centreville, Delaware, September 2000

Image of painting titled New Hanover Rural Pennsylvania and coastal Maine - regions that I know well, regions that have special meaning to me.

An old stone mill, an abandoned farmhouse, an empty corncrib, an aging barn - each one a structure yet much more. Time and history have left their imprint. Each one evokes a special place, a special time. They are all a part of a rural community and a way of life that is quickly fading into the past. They are all part of the Pennsylvania heritage that is rapidly disappearing. I'd like to feel, in a way, that I have preserved them in my paintings.

A stately lighthouse watching over a stormy sea, a weathered lobster shanty on a tiny island, the pounding surf on a rugged shoreline - places that evoke special emotions. I've always loved the sea - the salt air, the sea spray, the energy of the surf, the legends of the coastal lights, the romance of it all. I hope these feelings come across in my paintings of two places that are very special to me - mid-coast Maine, and the remote Monhegan Island.

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Artist's Statement: Quiet Sounds of Nature

Travis Gallery, New Hope/Solebury, Pennsylvania, October 1999

Image of painting titled Dawn at Red Corner Farm Most of the nineteen works in this collection were painted during the past year. The only exception is a painting from 1997 entitled Outbuilding.

Sixteen of the nineteen paintings represent work done in Pennsylvania and three are from Maine. There are fifteen watercolors and four drybrush paintings in this collection, and most have never been exhibited in public.

The 1999 watercolor entitled Dawn at Red Corner Farm was chosen for the invitation for this show. Frye's Ladder, a painting completed during the winter of 1999, serves as the feature painting for this exhibition.

The artist wishes to thank Lauren Travis Wylie of Travis Gallery, whose dedication and hard work has made this exhibition possible.

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