Diploma of Art, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, BA Visual Arts University of Newcastle
Helen was born in Wahroonga NSW, after living in the picturesque Blue Mountains Helen’s family moved to the Central Coast NSW when she was 8 years old. She has continued to live on the Coast as she enjoys the relaxed lifestyle and the natural beauty of the Central Coast region. Helen attended Newcastle College of Advanced Education and gained a Diploma of Art in 1980. In 1993 she returned to Newcastle University and completed a Bachelor of Art Visual Arts. Helen is a member of The Art Studios Cooperative which operates an artist run gallery at Ettalong Beach, The Bay Gallery. As a member of an arts cooperative it has inspired Helen to become involved in community arts projects. Helen also exhibits with the Art In Sync group, which she has been a member of since 2007, as a group they hold regular themed exhibitions. Helen is also a successful portrait painter completing commissions and holding a portrait exhibition together with professional photographer Lorraine MacLarty titled “Who we Are” at the Gosford Regional Gallery in 2018.
Helen paints in oils and aims to capture the mood of her subjects, her work involves a combination of realism and areas of atmospheric colour that are achieved through the soft blending of oil paint as images fade in and out of focus. The subject matter is always linked to the human experience touching on themes of memory, loss, passing time, nostalgia and most recently environmental issues. Helen’s work aims to engage people by offering a different perspective that captures their attention. Helen uses images that are relatable and importantly provoke the viewer to think about the message behind the work. Helen’s paintings often cause an emotional response from the viewer which Helen says is the greatest achievement. Helen’s paintings are held in private collections in Australia and Japan.
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