We had the good fortune of connecting with Britt Henze and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Britt, how does your business help the community?
I am a huge proponent of art as a means of community engagement, pride and a catalyst for meaningful dialogue about social issues. For myself, I have a few causes or themes that are near and dear to my heart. I often paint about home, nostalgia, addiction, recovery, duality and being present in reality. Because my art is abstract, I not only write about the pieces, but include music to go along with them because music is something that unites all cultures. There is also always an open invitation for the viewer to infer their own meaning and share that too, I absolutely love when people give me feedback about what they see. I am most definitely happiest when I am out painting in the wild, engaging with people as they go about their everyday. I find That my personal transparency helps others engage me in an open and honest way.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I paint in two separate styles- geometric and abstract expressionism. I believe it allows me to explore the dichotomy of my personality- at once a perfectionist and detail oriented woman, and a loose, carefree, and wild one. This year, I plan on bringing these two styles together and I am looking forward to where that leads. Getting here wasn’t easy, I lost my way for many years in addiction. In my sobriety I was able to reconnect with my practice and I believe those 10+ years I lost were the impetus for the fire lit under me now. In three years I have painted over 40 murals in four states. I paint about hope, and with the knowledge that its never too late to begin anew. I learn a new lesson with each wall I paint. Learning lessons in real time with each wall, and that’s given me the ability to take on bigger and bigger challenges. And having the time of my life, no matter how hard life gets sometimes.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One thing I certainly have to offer is a mural tour of the city! We would begin in the Mission, getting coffee at Grand, followed by lunch at Taqueria Cancun ( best burrito in SF, bar none.) So many amazing artists there telling stories about their heritage and roots. Next is the TL, where we would drink more coffee and a crazy cookie at Jane, seeing some awesome work by Chad Hasegawa, Optimist, BIP, Alicia McCarthy and Max Ehrman, and I would be sure to point out all the wheatpaste art proliferating the streets- by Seibot, Looksnatcher, Brandon Joseph Baker, Ricky Rat, Calamity Fair- to name a few. Up to North Beach, I like to go in the amazing churches there to see the rad stained glass, dinner at Golden Boy pizza- and yes, you’re gonna try the clam slice. We’d hike up to Coit Tower- something I do with every visitor to SF. And that’s just day one. A week is never enough, and I have been in San Francisco 8 years and find new spots all the time.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is so juicy, I have so many people who have helped me along the way to achieving my goals. First, Amanda Michael, who trusted me and gifted me my first mural. Subsequently has commissioned pieces for each of her cafes in SF. And imparted some of her work ethic and practices. My unfailing family and their love and support has been intrinsic in me having the courage to makes some big life changes. Hospitality House and their mission, and including me in their program to help support artists and unhoused members of the Tenderloin community- always astounding me with their open, generous hearts and commitment. The artist community as a whole, helping me with questions and support throughout my early stage practice. All of the people who have commissioned and bought my work. Could not have done it without the village!

Website: Www.ladyhenzeart.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladyhenze

Other: Wescover- Lady Henze Art

Image Credits
Mike Kruja Brian Twitty Gene Hwang

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