Kate Sybilla Henderson

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Aves Delight, 2017 Pastel 26 X 33 ©
Jazz Street, 2015 Pastel 24 X 27 ©
Neptune's' Mirror, 2013 Pastels 29 X 45 ©
Gorky's Window, 2017 Pastel 33 X 27.5 ©
Fluid Motion, 2013 Pastel 28 X 30 ©
The Cave of the Naiades, 2017 Pastel 31 X 27.5 ©
Passages, 2017 Pastel 33 X 27.5 ©
Whispering Trees, 2017 Pastel 33 X 27.5 ©
Diana's Hunt (moving beyond the loss of love), 2017 Pastel 29.5 X 45 ©
Along Sheep Meadow (from Poets to Imagine), 2007 Pastel On Mono Print 16 X 12 ©
East River, 2007 Pastel On Mono Print 16 X 12 ©
The Forest Beckons, 2017 Pastel 28 X 45 In ©
Ascent, 2018 Pastel 29 X 22.5 ©
Before the Rain, 2017 Pastel 23 X 28 ©
Concentricity (of trees), 2017 Pastel 26 X 21 ©
Caught in a Rush , 2017 Pastel 33 X 27.5 ©
Echo's in the Pond, 2017 Oil Pastel On Print 11 X 14 ©
First Step, 2008 Pastel On Mono Print 12 X 18 ©
Utah Desert, 2008 Pastel On Mono Print 12 X 16 ©
Quick Facts
Indiana University, BFA
Yale University, MFA
microcosmic., microscopic, biologically based, Medicine, cellular, mixed-media, modern, photography, digital, design, photo
Current Exhibitions and Events
Jan, 2018
Gestural Journeys
New Haven Lawn Club
Kate Henderson

Gesture describes the energy in life, it represents the vibration in everything. 

My art work depicts the essence of a sense of place and the energy that connects us to the world around. The use of line takes the viewer on a journey through environments both physical and spiritual. Working primarily in pastel, I use a combination gesture and contour line creating a unique vision of the natural world and its transformation into abstraction. The images both describe and celebrate the intrinsically aesthetic structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things. 

I enjoy using pastels because I feel they are the most honest of art materials. The color is pure, application is immediate, and you can physically feel the characteristics of each pigment. The pigments used in professional pastels are the same as those used to make oil paints. Pastels are made of pure powdered pigment and a gum binder. They are the closest to raw pigment than other painting medium and thus very archival. I use only a minimal amount of archival fixatives on rag paper, thus assuring the colors to last for many generations. 

Materials are important to me. I maintain the integrity of whatever medium I use whether it’s pastel, paint or digital imaging. I want each medium to have its own unique characteristics to provoke the senses, be it optical impressions, viscosity, or sound. 

I start my paintings by finding the essence of a particular place, monument in time, or emotional state. I often start with a collection of images, drawings or photographs to remind me of place and time. I then start to look for abstract structural elements that connect me to the moment or emotion. Working loosely with gesture drawing I let the painting evolve into its own place. I start finding the contours of natural shapes and building a path in and through the painting, creating a new abstract world to explore. 

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”  -Marc Chagall


I think of art as a shamanic practice. The journey of meditation, ritual and prayer are as important to me as the final work. My art often references mythology, the elements, and hermetic principals. All that is seen is equality unseen. Creativity lives in us all and it is in this creative spirit that connects us to the life force and universe.   


Kate’s other body of art work- Cyto-Illusions includes using cellular microscopy images and photography as the source material and building blocks for multilayered abstractions celebrating art, science, philosophy and our human connection through the use of biomorphic abstraction. On a biological level, we are all the same. We are part of all that is living. Every life structure mimics another. We each have a unique energy that connects us to each other, yet we are all structurally made of the same biomorphic web. They are images made from life, about life, showing a microscopic world that echo's images of the cosmos. The colors are vibrant hues to awaken the soul. The shapes are organic, made from nature and share a connection with all living things.

My cyto-illusion images both express and celebrate the intrinsically beautiful structure of the natural world and the ever-present duality in all things.


Yale University School of Art, MFA Painting and Printmaking

Indiana University, BFA Painting and Printmaking

Indiana University BA Art History

Albertus Magnus MFA


 Selected Juried

2018    Gestural Journeys, Kate Henderson Current Works, New Haven Lawn Club,
New Haven CT

2017    The Dream Life of Color, Azoth Gallery, Connecticut Hospice, Branford CT

2017    Lumen Prize Global Tour & Creative Tech Week, Auditorium on Broadway, NY NY

2017    Easton Arts Council Art in the Country, Easton, CT

2016    The Lumen Prize, Global Tour

2016    Design ‘N Gather Finalist, Artaic Mosaics, Las Vegas NV

2016    Creative Technology Expo, Industry City, Brooklyn NY

2015    Beauty of Science, Yale Sterling Library, New Haven CT

2015    Art, Emotion & Energy of Color II

2015    Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine, Abstraction 

2014    Design ‘N Gather Finalist, Artaic Mosaics, Boston MA

2014    Degas Pastel Society, 15th Biennial National Exhibition New Orleans LA

2014    Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine, Landscape in Motion, online

2014    G25N Gallery 25N, Water, The Essence of Life; online, Fishkill NY

2014    Natural Abstraction, Easton Public Library Conference Room, Easton CT

2014    Art in the Country, Easton Arts Center, Easton CT

2009    Camera Works Exhibition, Ridgefield Guild of Artists’, Ridgefield CT

2009    Renaissance in Pastel, Connecticut Pastel Society, Waterbury CT

2009    What’s Art got to do with it? Creative arts Workshop, New Haven CT

2009    Cultural Passages, Creative arts Workshop, New Haven CT

2000    Art Place, New Haven CT

Group Shows

2017    BRAG at the NEST, Bridgeport, CT

2017    BRAG at the University of Bridgeport Schelfhaudt Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2017    Easton Arts Council Photography Show, Easton, CT

2016    Shake and Shuffle, New Haven Arts Council, New Haven CT

2016    The Nest Gallery, Bridgeport CT

2016    19th Annual Member’s Art Show, Easton Arts Council, Easton CT

2015    Sound and Vision, Institute Library, New Haven CT

2015    18th Annual Member’s Art Show, Easton Arts Council, Easton CT

2014    Franklin Street Works, Collaborative installation for It narrates, Stamford CT

2014    17th Annual Member’s Art Show, Easton Arts Council, Easton CT

2013    City-Wide Open Studios, Armory, New Haven CT

2010    City-Wide Open Studios, Creative Arts, New Haven CT

1990    Creative Arts Faculty Show


2017    Art in the Country, Easton Arts Center

2016    The Lumen Prize, short-list winner and global tour, Wales UK

2016    Design N'Gather Competition, Finalist, Las Vegas NV, Bositk & Artiaic 

2015    Beauty of Science, Yale Sterling Library, New Haven CT, Juror’s Award

2015    Art Emotion & Energy of Color II, Honorable Mention

2015    Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine, Honorable Mention

            (see publications)

2014    G25N Gallery 25N, Water, The Essence of Life; Honorable Mention

2014    Artslant 4th Showcase Winner

2014    Art in the Country, Easton Arts Center, Honorable Mention

2014    Artslant 1st Showcase Winner

2013    Artslant 8th Showcase Winner

2009    Connecticut Pastel Society: Franklin Alexander Memorial Award

2003    Broad Ripple Painters Invitational: Creative INsight

1989    Old Holland Classic Oil Color Prize


2016   Kate Henderson : Exhibeo Selected Art Reviews and Interviews, Vol 1&2, 2016. JE Raddatz.

2015   Kate Henderson : Atmospheric Fluidity, Art Exhibeo Magazine, April 29, 2015. JE Raddatz.

2014   Regenterate: Beautiful Disease, New Haven Arts Council, March 19 2013. Melanie Borinstein.

2001-2014 Yale Pathology Labs Calendar

Cover Images: Pharmacology Reviews, Pediatric Psychology, Laboratory Investigations, Clinical Reviews, CAP Today.


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