Studied: Council of Adult Education, Victorian Artists Society Tutors: Ming Bellamy MacKay, Betty Parsons, Pat Shannon, David Taylor, Margaret Cowling
Helen has been drawing and painting for more than thirty eight years. Her father who was a student at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School in the days of Charles Wheeler and Paul Montford always encouraged her to draw, and for this she is eternally grateful. Art has always been a constant in her life from early school days to the present time. Subject matter includes figurative studies, portrait, and landscape. Pastel, oil, acrylic, charcoal and ink are her chosen mediums. The challenge and process of creating from the initial concept through to the planning and development of a work to completion gives her enjoyment and satisfaction. Weekly life drawing sessions at MSWPS provide excellent subject matter and many sketches are developed further for exhibition. Helen also considers herself fortunate to have excellent subjects within her immediate family and they feature prominently in her work.
Work has been shown at society exhibitions, art shows, group exhibitions, and illustrated in the Australian Artist Magazine. A finalist in the A.M.E. Bale Works on Paper Award 2006,2008,2010,2012,2016. Formal portraits include Eric Risstrom AM, Robert James Knox Semple BEM OAM, Dyson Heppell Captain Essendon AFL. Concise Exhibition History: Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, Victorian Artists Society of Victoria, Pastel Society of Victoria Australia. Titles: Foundation Member/Committee Member Pastel Society of Victoria Australia 1988-1990 Signatory Member Victorian Artists Society Committee Member 2004 – 2005 Honorary Secretary 2006 – 2009 MSWPS Life Member Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Recent Exhibition History: 2018 George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition VAS 2018 MSWPS LaTrobe’s Cottage Exhibition 2017 Art of Dance Exhibition Rotary Club of Caulfield 2017 MSWPS Changing Perspectives 2017 George Hicks Foundation Contemporary Exhibition VAS 2016 AME Bale Art Award Exhibition 2016 Signatory and Fellows Exhibition VAS 2016 Spring Exhibition VAS 2016 MSWPS Changing Perspectives 2016 Winter Exhibition VAS 2016 MSWPS All Things Bright and Beautiful 2016 Autumn Exhibition VAS 2016 Contemporary Exhibition VAS 2015 MSWPS Changing Perspectives 2015 VAS Portrait Exhibition 2015 Anzac 100th Year Commemoration Exhibition VAS 2014 VAS Portrait Exhibition 2014 MSWPS Changing Perspectives