Many of the objects I paint have a connection to the past, often my personal past. The Mason jar I am so fond of portraying was a container often found on the kitchen table in my home. It was usually filled with jam, but I find it a convenient place to preserve other things as well. Lately, I’ve been drawn to the aesthetic of the tea cup as a subject. My Irish-born mother was a great fan of tea. Like the Mason jars, the cups I paint are being filled with various bits of personal flotsam and jetsam.
Objects made of glass continue to fascinate me. I love how this fragile material can be shaped and molded into vessels that promote beauty. It’s a material that can reveal or distort. Light can pass right through it, or be reflected back at us. It is simply enchanting.
In the end, I see art as an attempt to return a portion of the joy that the world presents to us.
Andrew Henderson, 2018