Henryette Weijmar Schultz was born in Zwijndrecht and grew up in Dordrecht. She studied music history and studied at the drawing academy. She also devoted her talents to the piano and the guitar. However, in the early 1980s, the painter’s pallet became her way of speaking. She started making portraits. Her most famous client was John Denver. He saw her work and was immediately impressed. In 1982 she traveled to Aspen, Colorado, to personally deliver the painting to him.
Over the years she began to broaden her horizon and more and more surrealistic elements became visible in her work. She was inspired by Willink, Michael Parks, Salvador Dali and these days by Gustav Klimt. A calendar of her work appeared in 1993. Many exhibitions followed. Her paintings, for example, were shown at the KRO chess tournament ‘Man and Horse’, a popular radio program in the 90s. Hans Bohm became a “fan” of her chess paintings. Works on the theme of chess can be found in the book Game from Art in Art, Chess and Painting in the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the present (L.C.M. Diepstraten 2001 pp 119-121).
The highlight of her career so far was the invitation in 2003 to exhibit 13 of her music paintings in Mozart’s Geburtshaus in Salzburg. This event was a challenge for her to paint Mozart. She based her work on the paintings of two artists from Mozart’s time, Joseph Lange and Dorothea Stock, and on everything she had read about him. The two-month exhibition in Salzburg turned into two and a half years. Freedom and ease is the key for my talent. “I don’t look too far ahead” she says: “I paint what comes to my mind and what happens in my life. The technique must be fine with me, but it is not the most important. My guideline: where the soul leaves the brush, the Muse rules. ”