I paint and draw from observation, out in the open, in an effort to capture the essence of a particular land or seascape. I am interested in the way light shines on the sea with foaming waves and shiny, wet shingle; also, the texture and ’sparkle’ of fields of barley and grasses. These ideas have a particular affinity with the craft of batik, in the way molten wax painted or drawn across fabric and dyed repeatedly, can produce the textural effects I’m after.
Helen studied fine art in the early 60’s in London, first, at the Polytechnic in Regent Street where her tutors included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, and, later at Chelsea School of Art. After training as an art teacher at the Institute of Education, University of London, Helen went on to teach art and design in London secondary schools and then at Suffolk College in Ipswich until 1997. Helen is also a member of the Batik Guild and the Suffolk Craft Society and Walsham le Willows Christmas Exhibition and regularly exhibits with them all.
2019 Suffolk Craft Society, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh
2019 Artworks taster exhibition, The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds
2019 The Batik Guild, Rugby Art Gallery
2018 Open Studio, Walsham Gardens Week End
2018 Artworks, Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
2018 Walsham le Willows Arts and Crafts Group
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