Helen is an artist & teacher specialising in seascapes, landscapes and family and pet portraits. Working in soft pastels, she helps people turn their favorite places or loved ones into highly detailed artwork.One day, when I was about 7 years old, I remember my mom had brought home a large set of Caran D’Ache coloured pencils. I wasn’t allowed to touch them so when she wasn’t looking I’d sneak into her desk and secretly open the tin and marvel over the beautiful array of colours.
One day she finally gave in and let me use them and my love of colour started from there.Since childhood pencil illustrations were my passion allowing me to develop my foundational skills in drawing. I literally would draw anything, if it was an object lying around the house I’d draw it. But as an adult, for one reason or another, I stopped drawing.Then in 2003, from the UK I immigrated to Australia and for over a decade I have called Western Australia and the Pilbara home. Undeniably, it has given me an irresistible source of inspiration and I found myself drawn to the vast Australian landscape. I wanted to explore this so I began using pastels.
My work has varied in theme over the years and often reflects the places I’ve travelled to however the sea is perhaps my favorite of all subjects. I just can’t help myself, I love painting the translucent motion of a wave or its reflective surface. Most of all I want to capture the transition from light and shadow to define dramatic contrasts and compositions.Direct observation plays a central role in my creative process – although I do use photos as a reference source back in my home studio. While my husband is fishing, I’m studying the water, he sometimes thinks I’m a little nuts but simply watching and making mental notes allows me to translate onto canvas that ‘first response’ to what I’ve seen.In mid 2015 I decided to take a break from my corporate career to learn and practice art. That year proved successful so I’m now a full time artist. As well as continuing to experiment with my style and subjects, I continue to sell my work privately and via galleries and I teach to the local Pilbara art communities.
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