Lynette K. Henderson is a working artist in drawing, painting and mixed media, with a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1986), MFA from the University of Minnesota (1989), and a Ph.d. in Art Education from Arizona State University (2006). Henderson currently teaches and resides in southern California, U.S.A.
" I have followed several lines of inquiry in the body of work presented here: the beautiful and varied shapes and patterns of animals, animal behavior and relationships, the concepts of predator and prey, and how animals manage to survive both in and outside of human enclosures. Unacknowledged as part of nature, humans tend to project themselves and their desired or imagined characteristics onto animals. Preserved in zoos, common to both rural and urban environments, the animals are considered by visitors to be either extraordinary, as pests or even despised rather than admirable, based on human perceptions/imaginings of the value of different species.
Some recent works emphasize the fragility of animals and natural environments due to the threats of climate change, pollution and other contemporary environmental problems. In one series of paintings I have focused on the recently-uncovered phenomenon of DDT waste dumping that occurred in the mid-20th century, near the South Catalina island in the Pacific ocean off of the southern coast of California. Another series of artworks reference gothic icons that provide an elevated focus on the central figure, alongside images and objects that represent the carelessness of humanity in nature: crowded and polluted spaces that animals are forced to move around in as their designated living areas grow ever smaller. I believe that these issues are the greatest concerns for humans and animals alike at this point in time.
I hope through the work to bring appreciation, awareness and a sense of unity with nature; we are after all, the same."