Jean Henderson Art
950 Main St.
Coventry, CT 06238
Website: http://www.jeanhendersonart.comStudio Map & Directions
Jean Henderson's main artistic goal is to be a role model for other mental health clients (she has bipolar disorder) and their families.
Why? Because, first of all, NO ONE ever told her that she could get substantially better; second of all, because it was when she was able to reclaim her passion for photography that she rapidly improved. But that was not before over a decade of severe depression had played itself out in her life and that of her family.
Jean fell in love with photography as a 5 year old but, coming from a blue collar family, was unable to study it until she took a basic college course in 1971. She learned in the wet darkroom of that era, while continuing with self study until bipolar disorder disabled her in her early 40s.
In 2009, she was healthy enough to reclaim her passion for photography as she haltingly picked up her first digital camera to experiment very slowly over a period of months until she discovered she still had a good eye.
Each year after that brought increased skill. Thanks to the Artists Networking Group, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the back room of Willi Brew in Willimantic, she transitioned from thinking of herself only as a photographer to a bona fide artist. Her confidence grew yet continues to be assailed from time to time by that nagging doubt which she has learned is common to all artists.
In June 2016 she created two images which were subsequently juried in to the 86th Annual Open National Juried Exhibition of Connecticut Women Artists, Inc.'s August through September 2016 show at the Slater Museum in Norwich.