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 the viscous joy of oil paint. However, I majored in business to support myself and only later earned my MFA in Digital Media at San Jose State University. I’m currently honing my design skills in the Intuitive Design program at University of California, Santa Cruz.

My work often deals with the resolution of conflict 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

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

I am grateful for the giants on whose shoulders I stand:

  • 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