Kohlene Hendrickson

Kohlene Hendrickson is a native Californian, but moved to Switzerland in 2000 where she has found "home" in the enchanted village of Romainmôtier.  She studied Fine Arts at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. She worked for 12 years as an illustrator and art director, then returned to fine arts by studying fresco with Frederico Vigil and continued her study of fresco in Italy. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the USA and in Europe ( France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria). Her works belong to private and public collections and have been on the the highly successful TV series Will & Grace where her male nude drawings were featured. Kohlene is a grant recipient awarded by the NEW YORK COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS,  the "Inaugural Mario Venturini Artist Residency" at HAC FLX (2015). She was awarded the "Grand Prix Europeo Albrecht Dürer" by the Accademia Gentilizia Il Marzocco of Florence for her painting AWAKENING in 2012.  She was also a finalist in the BoldBrush awards for her painting DOUBLE VISION. 

My attraction to ancient painting techniques is the quality of their craftsmanship and the pure essence of the natural materials.  Beeswax, resin, lime, sand, pigments, wood and water. 

My perception of creativity changed radically after a strong shamanic experience. The message was « that only when you hold nothing fixed can true creativity enter ». I began pouring the paint rather than applying it with a paintbrush. In this process I am dancing between the hazard of the flowing paint and the edge of control. As in life, letting the flow of the universe enter and be directed with life's experience to temper the current.

Recently, I included my paintbrush again and have found my personal trinity including all parts of myself. Mind, primal energy and spirit.