Carla Henderson

Carla Jean Henderson has been involved with AHA for many years. She mostly paints abstract. She finds it less stressful working with vision impairment. She uses pencil crayons and felt pens to add depth to her work finishing with flowing lines of acrylic paint applied in a loose and emotional way.  Her paintings are stunning and channel a great deal of emotion.


Carla was born on Jan 25, 1978 in Coquitlam, BC. She has always been a huge fan of music, very creative and was in many sports activities growing up. In 1994, she was in the passenger seat while struck head on by another vehicle.  This took her sister’s life and placed Carla in a coma for months. She has since had a miraculous recovery and is very determined to improve her every-day life. The accident has left her wheel-chair bound but hasn’t stopped her from enrolling in many wonderful and physically challenging activities. You can find her skiing Mt. Seymour in the winter and False Creek, out-rigging, kayaking, canoeing, sailing or dragon boating in the summer.  Her passion for music has helped a great deal in her recovery process as she participated in the Music Therapy Program at Sunny Hill Health Center for Children. She left her coma with short-term memory loss, but has an uncanny memory for music lyrics!