Henry Drexler is a professional artist who lives in upstate New York. His surroundings are a constant source of inspiration for his artwork.
Mr. Drexler's art studio, is appropriately named Matai House using the Fijian word "matai" meaning artist or first rate craftsman. It is here near the dairy farm where he grew up that Henry has been painting for the past 31 years. The subject matter of his paintings includes the Chenango River valley, elm trees, majestic windmills, the black and white patterns of Holstein cattle, historic images of local villages, barns, the Adirondacks of northern New York and other places he visits, such as Bucks County, PA and Middlebury, VT. Although Henry paints primarily impressionistic landscapes, he has also painted award-winning portraits, abstract and non-representational pieces. He has developed some very unusual and effective painting techniques using large (2 oz) dispensing syringes instead of brushes to extrude paint onto his canvasses. These extruded acrylic paintings are among his most inventive and successful works. Though largely self-taught, Henry took several art classes as a history major at Cornell University ('69) and later at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY.