Heidi Henderson is an oil painter who dabbles in fantastical realms. The whimsical, hidden depths of her layered oil paintings are inspired by the chaotic yet cyclical ebb and flow of nature.
The intricacy of a seedpod or sensual curve of a gourd plucked from her kitchen garden becomes a surreal character when Heidi applies her vibrant viewpoint to a canvas of old doors and reclaimed wood.
When she isn't observing dinosaur kale, ochra, bugs, and various finds in her home garden in Excelsior, Heidi gathers more inspiration from her job at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. From the shapes and colors of chicken eggs, to the layers and folds of Brussel sprouts, Heidi juxtaposes nature with the modern world.
"That way, I can place a shoe upside down in a tree and it works," she says with a laugh.
Organic Digital Designs derived from oil paintings appear in my collection
solo piano song written (with the help of my Grandma) in the second grade
percent of plants in my garden chosen as a natural food source by the birds and the bees
number of 8 oz. glasses of water consumed per month, on average
I was honored and excited to be one of three recipients for the Jerome Fiber Artists Project Grant for 2008. The grant allowed me to work towards my dream of having my surface designs (patterns inspired by my original paintings) printed onto environmentally friendly fibers and used in the upholstery and garment industries on a national and potentially international level.
The project period was from December 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009 and concluded with an exhibition of the work in the Textile Center Joan Mondale Gallery.
I am honored to be one of four artists interviewed by Minnesota Women's Press publication for creating eco-conscious artwork.
I was featured on KARE 11 during Blue Print for Green's segment (the downloadable clip is just my portion of the entire segment). They highlighted the eco-friendly nature of my paintings and textile products.
[ MP4 format / 1 minute, 19 seconds / 3.3 MB ]
My patterned chair was featured in the November 2007 issue of Midwest Home Magazine as part of a reference to artists in the Northrup King Building.