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.
Driven by a need for excellence, K. systematically studied painting, first in Tulsa and later in San Jose, CA. Taken by the realism of the renaissance painters, her work began to win awards. Working successfully with oil, pencil, and pastel in the past, she is now focused mainly on oils. Her careful study of past masters blended with the culture of home, New Mexico and Oklahoma, which 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, CA).
K. is also an award winning costume designer. Her creations can be seen in her paintings.
Her work has been in seven solo museum and gallery shows and numerous prestigious group exhbitions including at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian, Museum of the Cherokee, The Five Civilized Tribes Museum, The Bosque Conservatory, Oil Painters of America National and Regional, and National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.
K. has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine and Oklahoma Today.
She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists (AWA), American Plains Artists (APA), National Oil and Acrylic Painter Society (NOAPS), and Single Action Shooters Society (SASS).