Helen & her partner Boris
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
I’ve always loved to paint and travel, and in recent years that is exactly what I do. I’ve been fortunate to start receiving commissions and I love it when my clients love the results. I am a member of a number of art societies and as well as entering local art shows I’ve also been in group shows and last year had my first major solo show.
Where do you get your inspiration from when you paint?
Just about everything. The everyday objects I see, an interesting film, art shows and of course the many places I’ve travelled to in the world. There is inspiration everywhere.
What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?
Adventurous, curious, dreamer, traveller and passionate.
Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?
The very first job I thought I was going to paint scenery on fired pottery, but ended up actually scraping off the excess paint from pottery that other artists had worked on. I was only in my teens and an art student at the time. Later I worked as a photographer, went into other fields to pay the bills then finally I am able to work at my craft full time.
How do you usually plan your daily activities?
Lists and more lists. I try to prioritise but at times if inspiration takes hold I will drop everything and paint.
As an artist, what is your biggest frustration?
Being bogged down by everyday chores that have to be done when I would rather be creating.
Tell us about how you prioritise your art?
If there are deadlines I work on my art and most other things can wait. Otherwise I set time aside for artwork.
How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?
I connect with other artists through art societies, Facebook, Instagram and exhibitions.
Watercolour on Arches paper 300 gsm-57 x 74 cm
Your advice to artist who are just starting out?
Practise and patience. Lots of it. Also view as much art as possible.
March 2017 Group Exhibition – “Eclectic”
Tell us about your up coming group Art exhibition at ArtSHINE Gallery?
I am excited about it. Each artist has their own style and techniques so it should make for a very interesting exhibition.
How did ArtSHINE Business coaching help you and your art business?
ArtSHINE Business coaching helped me in so many ways. How to handle social media for a start, good advice in how to plan my days and encouragement in writing blogs which I had no idea how to do. Also updating my website so it was more relevant. Also giving me opportunities to enter various group shows.
What is your proudest moment so far?
Holding my solo exhibition “Memories of Bali” last year at ArtSHINE gallery surrounded by family and friends.
Who do you most want to meet and why?
I would have loved to have met Brett Whitley because the more I see of his work the more entranced I am by his huge talent and imagination.
What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?
Trying not to worry so much about things that haven’t happened and probably never will. But more importantly, patience, particularly when it comes to my art.
What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?
“I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai. A young girl who has more courage than most will ever have. She stood for education when threatened by the Taliban. Many others would have given up.
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