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Open Edition, Licensed Prints Available

The licensing of Steve's artwork is handled primarily by Art Licensing of Vermont, which maintains a library of Steve's images for manufacturers and wall art companies who wish to produce products -- which can be anything from jigsaw puzzles to coffee mugs, from greeting cards to mouse pads --  featuring Steve's artwork. If you are a manufacturer and are interested in Steve's art, please contact us directly,, or contact


Presently, many of Steve's works are available as open edition art prints through Great Big Canvas, Light in the Box, and Sagebrush Licensing.


Limited edition prints, signed by the artist, are available directly through our website in the Prints section.


For more information on the licensing of Steve's work, please review our Licensed Art page on the website.

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Western Art Association Auction


Ellensburg, WA is a quaint little town, complete with brick sidewalks and the requisite number of superb restaurants. It is also home to the Western Art Association, which for the last 41 years has been holding a national art auction in the middle of May.


This year, the 41st annual Western Art Association Auction takes place at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds, just below the giant water tower that everyone likes to write their names on, in Ellensburg. The event runs May 17-19, Friday through Sunday, and Steve Henderson Fine Art has four paintings in the auction -- Stonework, Ladycamp, and the two miniature studies of Eyrie and Spirit of the Canyon.


Drop in, drop by, make a bid, walk through the streets of Ellensburg and enjoy the small town friendly atmosphere where a suprising number of people wear cowboy hats and boots, and look like they belong in them.

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Eyrie -- In Top 50 for Artist & Illustrator's Artist of the Year

In addition to being accepted to the 2012 Paint the Parks Exhibition, Eyrie is now one of 50 Fabulous Final entries for Artist & Illustrator Magazine's Artist of the Year competition. Chosen from a record 4,000 entries by a panel of esteemed jurors, Eyrie is now up for popular vote.


We would certainly appreciate yours. 


You can vote for Eyrie by following this link -- 


and scrolling down to the tenth painting, Eyrie, and clicking "vote now" under Steve's name.


Please consider passing on this link to your friends, family, and colleagues via word of mouth, Facebook, Google Plus, Linked In, Pinterest, and other social media sites you enjoy. On Twitter, if you incorporate


@aandimagazine #AOTY

into your Tweet, then Artists and Illustrators will retweet it to their followers. (The link takes your readers to the voting page).


A sample Tweet would look like this:


Steve Henderson has been shortlisted for Artist of the Year! Vote for Eyrie @aandimagazine #AOTY


Please feel free to copy and paste the above sentence into your Tweet. Voting closes October 23.


Thank you!

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October -- Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction Entry

Accepted to the 17th Annual Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction in Fort Collins, CO, September 2, 2012. Online bidding is available through this link --

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The Most Important Question to Ask When You Buy Fine Art

There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before you purchase a piece of fine art -- whether it is an original or a limited edition print -- but the most important one is one that people frequently overlook:


"Do I like it?"

"Do I Like It?" Ultimately, that is the question that carries the most weight, and it is the question that only you can answer. Reflection by Steve Henderson

It's so easy to get overwhelmed by questions that do or do not matter, such as,


"What would an art critic say?"


"Is it considered good?"


"Will it rise in value?"


While these questions may matter if you are a "collector" and wish to purchase the piece to put away in the vaults for a future day when you speculate that it will be worth 100 times what you paid for it; or if you are concerned with what other people will say when they walk in your house and see it, they really get in the way when you're out to put something on your wall that you like, that makes you smile every time you walk in the room, that gives you pleasure because it touches some part of your inner being that only you know about.


If you're worried about the price and aren't sure whether it's "worth" it, then talk to the gallery owner or, if you can, the artist himself, and ask about the piece. Recognize that a fine artist is as skilled in his profession as a neurologist is in hers, and one of the reason the piece you're looking at strikes so deep within in you is because the artist made it so.


Then, after you have purchased the piece, put it in a place of honor and joy in your house where you can encounter it again and again, discovering something new every time you meet.

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Steve Henderson the Baseball Player and Steve Henderson the Artist

I had no idea there was a Steve Henderson the baseball player until after we launched our art website years ago and I Googled the Norwegian Artist's name, Steve Henderson. Naturally, since we had been online for, oh, say a week or two by that time, the baseball player came up first.


"Who is this man?" I thought. "Does he paint, too?"

Men, rocks, and rivers -- an intriguing combination. Where the River Bends, available as an original and limited edition print, by Steve Henderson, the artist.

As time went by and the Norwegian Artist participated in shows and joined societies and sold paintings and was represented by galleries and showed up in articles, the artist Steve Henderson, the real one from my perspective, began to clamber his way up the search engine pages, and I hadn't given a thought to the baseball guy until we, the Norwegian and I, were walking by a river and the Norwegian picked up a rock and threw it across to the other side (do all men do this? what is it about rocks that impels the average man to pick them up and throw them?)


"I should have been a baseball player," he said with a grin.


"Actually, you sort of are," I replied.


Perhaps the other Steve Henderson, the baseball one, found himself on top of a ladder one day, swathing the living room wall with broad brushstrokes when he turned to his wife (is he married? I don't know), and said,


"I should have been a painter."


"You aren't," she would have replied. "There is only one Steve Henderson, the painter, the Norwegian Artist."

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An Unusual Way of Getting Your Art into a Museum

Recently in Poland, my homeland that I've never actually been in, a young art student chose to forgo standard procedure and covertly hung one of his paintings in a major Warsaw gallery.


“I decided that I will not wait 30 or 40 years for my works to appear at a place like this,” Sobiepan told reporters. “I want to benefit from them in the here and now.”


So do we all, son.


While I smile at his effrontery -- and wonder at how he smuggled a painting in, past the guard, and managed to pound a nail up there without anyone noticing -- I am also consternated that such an attitude reaps its own reward: while the museum took down the painting from its briefly stolen space, they re-hung it in their cafe. And the artist is reaping attention and benefits because of what he did -- not because of what he paints.


"Someone will buy it just because of the story behind it," the Norwegian Artist said at the breakfast table this morning. "His career is made, not based upon his skill as a painter, but because of his nerve." (Actually, the N.A. used another term that rhymes with "halls" or "stalls.")


It is eminently understandable the young man's frustration at getting through to museum officials, gallery personnel, magazine editors, professional art organizations -- any group sets up its criteria, and after awhile, that criteria can get in the way of its original intention: to seek and showcase fine art, whether it is done by an established name or by a struggling, emerging artist.


Realistically, some good art gets shown, but so does bad art, simply because once the artist has broken the barrier and made his name, he could paint old Playboy calendars from the mechanic's back room with compost-derived paint and get it hung, showcased, admired and sold.


So the young man decided to take a short cut.


But in the same way most of us have learned to be wary of Uncle Rob's famous short cut that shaves 30 miles off the trip, our common sense tells us that anything worth having is worth working for. If the old guard doesn't work -- if the museums close their ears and the major art organizations pick the same old things over and over for their prize winners and the galleries sniff that they're full and the magazines print a new article about the same artist three issues in succession -- then find a different road.


Not only will it not be a short cut, it will probably be longer, and since it isn't very well used, it won't be as easy to follow, but it will get you to a different destination, with different scenery along the way.





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