Born and raised in Oklahoma of Cherokee heritage, K. Henderson now makes her home in rural New Mexico. Both locations have provided her with inspiration for her contemporary Native American paintings.
Henderson has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, Oklahoma Today, and several books on Native American artists. When studying painting in Tulsa and later in San Jose California, Henderson was drawn to the realism of the Renaissance painters. She has worked in oil, pencil and pastel but now focuses on oils for her detailed representational figures and Western themes. Her favorite subjects are Native Americans, cowboys, cowgirls, and horses.
Henderson has been awarded more than 60 First Place or Best of Show awards since 1980 and recently received the Best of Show award at the 7th Annual Celebration of Western Art in San Francisco and awarded 1st place for a painting at the Cherokee Heritage Center Museum. She received an Award of Excellence at the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society show in 2011, and her work will be included in the International Guild of Realism traveling exhibition in 2012.
Two of Henderson's paintings were recently chosen for the prestigious Salon International Art Show. Additionally, Henderson recently won the "Best in Show" award during the American Plains Artists 22nd annual juried exhibit.
Her paintings have been included prestigious in museum and gallery shows nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of the Cherokee, and the Five Civilized Tribes Museum.
Henderson is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA), American Women Artists (AWA), American Plains Artists (APA), and Single Action Shooters Society (SASS).