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 surfaces of a beach; 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.
2021 The Longshed, Woodbridge, Suffolk Craft Society
2020 On-line exhibition, Suffolk Craft Society
2019 Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk Craft Society
2019 Walsham le Willows Arts and Crafts Group.
2019 Artworks taster exhibition, The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds
2019 The Batik Guild, Rugby Art Gallery
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