Charon Henning is an artist who makes her living in visual science communication, tattooing and fine art.
A member in good standing of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Charon enjoys working in the areas of vertebrate paleontology, osteology and ornithology. Her recent internship as scientific illustrator at The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology completes her certification coursework through the Scientific Illustration Distance Learning Program, taught by botanical illustrator and Guild member Gretchen Halpert.
Since 2015, Charon has served as Art Director for the annual science communication and educational outreach event known as March Mammal Madness. Co-ordinating a team of illustrators, writers, designers and videographers, she works closely with MMM’s creator and organizer Dr. Katie Hinde in order to provide accurate visual science communication and interactive content during the course of the event. Charon’s science illustration specific website can be found at www.charonhenning.com.
She holds an Associate’s Degree in Fine Art from Prince George’s Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Individualized Studies: Multimedia Storytelling from George Mason University, where she earned the faculty award for Most Creative Capstone Project. Her storytelling education is reflected in her illustration work as well as her webcomic, Kei’Phavian, which can be found at its dedicated website, www.keiphavian.com.
Charon has been tattooing since 1993 following an apprenticeship in Allentown, PA, then as an artist in the Washington DC Metro Area and parts of Florida. She splits her time between several shops along the East Coast, her main places of business being The Body Gallery II in Leesburg, VA and Time Bomb Tattoos & Curiosities in Frederick, MD. She is licensed and certified in First Aid, CPR and BBP protocols.
She is also is a semi-retired variety arts performer and still does appearances for fund raisers and charity shows. Swallowing swords, eating fire and walking on broken glass are all in a day’s work when she steps into her persona of The Most Dangerous Beauty Alive. She has been featured in Shocked & Amazed! Magazine, Wild West Tech, numerous Discovery Channel documentaries and is included in author Amelia Klem Osterud’s book on tattooed female performers, “The Tattooed Lady: A History”, currently available in second edition format.
Charon travels full time and lives on the road with her partner and a hairless cat named Brundlefly. A restored 1966 Airstream Overlander travel trailer serves as home, studio and sanctuary for the entire family. As a location independent artist, she is able to spend a great deal of time in nature, at museums and exploring the myriad wonders out in the world. She is able to travel to work opportunities with advance notice and enjoys the variety of work and experiences this opens up for her and her family.