Inspired by nature coastlines, and the beautiful countryside that surrounds her, Lilly became an avid collector of pebbles and flints, feathers and gnarled wood, finding a life force within them that fascinated and excited her.
Lilly Henry was fortunate to become involved in a small selective sculpture group, run by the amazing Mary Orrom for 17 years until her death. Mary took a close interest in her students work letting people create in a non-structured way and suggestively giving guidance when needed. Mary let students find a way through play, experimentation, and laughter. Lilly worked in a range of sculptural mediums including cement fondue, wire, recycled metals, clay, natural windfalls, and stones which helped to harness her instinctive ability to create sculptural forms.
In 2010, Lilly had a wonderful opportunity to work with one of Henry Moore’s technicians who guided and mentored her in the art of carving for 3 years. During this time Lilly developed the knowledge and freedom to recreate smaller Marquette’s as well as objects into large scale sculptural forms. The large carved sculptural forms that Lilly creates now are the beginning of the process leading to cast resin/bronze sculptures.