I'm Helen. I'm originally from England but have made Auckland, New Zealand my home since 2003.
I did a BA in Fine Art many years ago but somehow I lost my confidence and painting got lost along the way. In 2015 I moved out of the city centre to live amongst the trees of West Auckland and created some paintings to brighten up our new home. I realised how much I'd missed the process of creating and didn't want to stop - and so I paint whenever I can grab some time, between teaching and school pick up - or I stay up really late at night. I have converted a corner of our spare room into a very messy painting studio so that I can easily pop in and out. I'm so happy to be rediscovering my love of painting at this stage of my life and am delighted when my art finds a place in someone's home.
I like to work on a number of paintings at once, some on paper, some on canvas, which means I don't have to stop when I'm waiting for a layer to dry. I often have an idea of a colour palette when I begin but mostly rely on intuition and I like the freedom to respond to happy accidents. I love to experiment with different colour combinations and brushmarks and like to use different layers to build up the final piece. I am fascinated by the shapes found in nature and the contrast between organic shapes and the more geometric that can be found. I find myself trying to create a painting that has a balance between these different elements and I think that's how I know when a painting is finished.