Local Profile | "4 Questions with Mosaic Artist, Cheryl Henderson"

 1. Where (and how) did you grow up? 

I grew up in middle class Houston, Texas. My mom was always creative and I guess she passed on the gene. I have always loved working with my hands; I was the first girl at Sharpstown Jr. High to take woodshop. But only after my mother went to the school and demanded I be allowed in the class, they said I might disrupt the class.

I always loved animals and wildlife, I was very involved with FFA in high school raising rabbits and showing horses. And yes, I did take metal shop in High School.

2. How did your upbringing affect what you do for a living now?

My dad was a hunter and fisherman and fueled my love for the coast. We had a small one room cabin in Matagorda and I remember our best holidays there. The amazing waterfowl and the variety of fish we caught and how it made our family closer.

While in High school I worked for the Houston Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and this is where I learned to love plant life and even explored a degree in Horticulture in College.

In the early 80’s thru the mid 90’s we started a Emu Farm called "Emu World in La Grange Texas," that really started my love for birds and wildlife raising just about everything mainly Emus but also ostriches, rheas, peasants, ducks, pigeons, doves etc. and other wildlife like fallow and axis deer, zebra, donkeys, mufalon sheep, fainting goats and pygmy hedgehogs.

3. What brought you to Rockport-Fulton (and how does it differ from where you have lived previously)?

We started coming to Rockport in the mid 90’s, reserving a spot every year at "Trailer Inn by the Bay," staying in our camper and fishing as a family every chance we could get. Again, this was the best vacations we ever had and really made the family closer.

We started looking for a weekend place and eventually found a lot for sale overlooking Copano Bay and built our small vacation home. After a couple of years we had the opportunity to move to Rockport full-time.

Adding on to our home I did my first mosaic, a huge Nautical Rose Compass in my foyer. One day a friend asked me to help tile her outdoor bar after we finished there was some leftover supplies that brought home with me and decided to make her a sign with the name of the bar on it. “The Sandbar” I really enjoyed making it and others really liked what I was doing. And that’s when it really started. Over the years, I started using stained glass along with tile to get more color and texture; I like to tell people “I paint with glass!”

4. What are your passions?

My mosaic art of course! Custom orders are my favorite, working with the client to create the perfect piece! And, I love to bake and make candy. I am one of the sisters, of "Twisted Sisters Toffee and Treats," and make my toffee and other goodies exclusively for the gourmet department of Lighthouse Liquor store in Rockport, Texas.

Learn more about the installation of Cheryl's work in front of Coastal Bend Health Foods on Austin Street from last June.

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