Born in 1967 in the Harz mountains Germany, Henkel-Wallace has divided her professional life between Europe and the United States.

After working in the graphic arts in Germany, she obtained her university credentials in Boston, Massachusetts. Her classical, 19th century oil training was subsequently pursued in San Francisco and Paris.

The perspective of distance has permitted her to reexamine her personal experiences of growing up the German countryside: her closeness to the woods, to the seasons and to the animals.  Her current work explores the recurrent cycles of life and death and the traces each of us leaves behind after death. This corpus embodies the universal human reaction to the cultural amnesia that is a manifestation of modern life.

Henkel-Wallace currently works in California.