Helen's portrayal of the distinct light and colours of the bush, a deft use of strong lines and texture, and a remarkable familiarity with her subject matter all contribute to her signature style. Her work reflects times of drought, wet and bushfire.
Helen's paintings have a representational base with a strong abstract element. Her first award, an "equal first", was received for an oil painting at Geelong Art and Music Association exhibition in 1978. Followed by another first for oils in 1979.
Since then, she has received regular awards for her oils, pastels, watercolour and acrylics.
Recently, Helen's work was included in a prestigious volume representing 50 wildlife artists. The book "Inspiration Wild" is a fund-raiser towards the establishment of the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia (WAMA) at Pomonal, on the edge of the Grampian's Ranges. The 15 acre site is currently being landscaped and developed.
"A Blooming Good Year!"
Venue: MOCO Gallery, Halls Gap
Medium: Acrylics and pastels
Date: Fri, March 17th - May 31st, 2017
Highly Commended, "Corangamite", Bayside Art Show 2016
Prize section "Nature Doing Its Thing": "Resurgence, 2006", Pyrenees Art Exhibition 2017
“Best Acrylic” Pyrenees Art Show 2014 (“Bush Sunlight, Lake Lonsdale”)
"Best Pastel/Acrylic", Bayside Art Show 2014.
Warrnambool Rotary Art Show 2011 "Best in Show" award to "Cockies at Brick Quarry"
"Blinman" (acrylic): Highly Commended, Camberwell Art Show 2011.
"Northern Grampians Spring" (acrylic), Viewer's Choice, Pomonal Art Show 2011
"Illawarra Beekeeper": Best Acrylic, Pyrenees Rotary Art Show, 2011
"Grampians - A Broad Palette": Highly Commended, Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show, 2011.
"Asses Ears Rd": Awarded both Prize for Best Acrylic and Prize for Best Painting in Show, Port Fairy-Belfast Lions Art Show, 2010 - 2011.
"Beekeeper" (acrylic) Highly Commended Drysdale & Warrnambool Rotary Art Shows, 2010; 2nd prize for Acrylics, Wimmera Art Show 2010.
"Best Painting of Show" Port Fairy -Belfast Lions Art Show 2009-10 for "Langi Ghiran" acrylic.
“Grampians” (oil) Highly Commended, Beaufort Rotary Show 2009 & Prize Any Medium, Warrnambool Art Show 2009.
“Garden” (oil) Von Guerard Award, Hamilton Rotary Art Show 2006
“Proteas” (oil) Painting of Show, Port Fairy-Belfast Lions Art Show 2007
“Northern Grampians” (acrylic) Australian Landscape Prize, Wimmera Art & PhotographicExhibition, 2007.
"Spreading Wattle” (acrylic) Australian Landscape Prize, Wimmera Art & PhotographicExhibition 2008
“Asses Ears Rd” (acrylic) Highly Commended at Victor Harbor and Drysdale Rotary Shows 2008