Artist Statement


As an artist, I create to surface and express emotions without words by turning things over with my mind’s hands without looking at it with my mind’s eye. I blend business savvy and a designer’s eye to deliver experiences that evoke and engage while working at the confluence of two worlds – art/design and project/change management.

My 3rd grade art class introduced me to art through the viscous joy of painting in oil. I majored in business in college to support myself and later earned my MFA in Digital Media at San Jose State University. I’m currently bolstering my design skills on scholarship in the Intuitive Design program at University of California, Santa Cruz.

My work often deals with the resolution of conflict between opposites as you might expect from someone who seeks to straddle two worlds and has been exhibited internationally in Argentina, France and in the U.S. in New York, Washington D. C., and the San Francisco Bay Area

Look at my current portfolios here and find out what I’m doing now by following me on Instagram @JHartnettHender.

No artists statement is complete without a bow to the shoulders of the giants we stand upon. Here’s a partial list of those who have influenced my trajectory. I am grateful for their work:

  • Photography – Dan Burkholder, Brian Taylor, and Joel Slayton. Josef Sudek, Frederick Evans, Karl Blossfeld
  • Drawing – Lynda Barry, Mike Rhode, Ed Emberely, Eva Lotta Lam, Kris Hargis, Lisa Congdon and Kate Bingaman-Burt
  • Portraits – Alice Neel, Lucien Freud, Roualt and Jane Davenport