Recent accomplishments include the Grand
Award at the 7th Annual Celebration of Western Art in San Francisco, 1st
place painting at the Cherokee Heritage Center Museum, two K. Henderson
paintings were chosen for the prestigious Salon International Art Show,
she participated in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd annual Cowgirl Up! Show & Sale
at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. K. won
the "Best in Show” award during the American Plains Artists 22nd annual
Born and raised in Oklahoma, K. Henderson now calls
rural New Mexico home. Both locations have provided her with inspiration
for her contemporary western themed paintings.
Her work has been in six solo museum and gallery shows
and numerous group exhibitions including Smithsonian National Museum of
American Indian, Salon International, Western Spirit Art Show & Sale,
Cowgirl Up! Show and Sale, C.M. Russell Museum Benefit Auction, Pastel
Society of the Southwest, Pastel Society of America, Mt. Oyster Club,
American Academy of Equine Art , Museum of the Cherokee, the Five
Civilized Tribes Museum and so on.
She has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and
Oklahoma Today. Her work has been in several books including "The
American Indians: An Illustrated History” - Turner Publishing ,"The
Biographical Directory of Native American Painters” - Dr. Patrick
Lester, SIR Publications, "Talking Leaves” - Eric Veitch, Verner
Bendtsen, "Cherokee Art: Historical Precedents”, University of Georgia
Driven by a need for excellence K. systematically
studied painting, first in Tulsa and later in San Jose, California.
Taken by the realism of the renaissance painters her work became tighter
and began to win awards. Working successfully with oil, pencil and
pastel she is now focused on oils. Her careful study of past masters
blended with the culture of home; New Mexico & Oklahoma, are expressed
in her detailed representational work. Since 1980 judges have awarded
more than 100 Best of Show or First Place awards for K. Henderson
paintings, including seven awards at the prestigious Red Earth show. She
was recently awarded Best of Show at the Grand National Rodeo,
Celebration of Western Art (San Francisco, California).
Just as important for an artist, collectors have taken
notice and demand is brisk. Her work is primarily oil on canvas,
subjects are western, equestrian and Native American portraiture.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American
Women Artists (AWA), American Plains Artists (APA) and Single Action
Shooters Society (SASS).
K. is tuned to the environment, her Studio and home are
"off grid” and powered by solar energy. She lives energy efficiently
will minimal impact to the environment. Her Studio is located high in
the Sacramento Mountains of southern New Mexico. The 7,000 foot
elevation provides cool nights while the southern latitude provides long
warm days. The area is rural with real cowboys, Indians, coyotes, deer,
elk and big pine trees. Cell phones don’t work and the nearest WalMart
is over 50 miles.