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Bill Hensley

Painting + Mixed Media


The inspiration for my work comes from a desire to connect. I feel that art should evoke a personal reaction from each viewer, however, at its essence the goal of my work is connection—to my tribe, to history, the world and the future. I often include images of strong Chickasaw leaders and people in order to share our history and connect to what it means to be a Chickasaw today. I admire the work of many artists, but I do not identify with any one art style or movement. I focus on the feeling of an image and colors rather than individual finite details of the piece. The techniques employed in my work come to me through experimentation. I currently work in acrylic, pen and ink, and mixed media.