Much of Helen's present work is rooted in the land around her, and she paints en plein air, standing at her easel in the big outdoors. She feels a work is most successful when the colors, textures, and composition fit the overall mood and subject. Working in acrylic with layering and gestural brush strokes, sometimes using her palette knife to apply paint or scrape and scratch, Helen's goal is for the finished canvas to have substantial texture, color, and energy, and her hope is that a painting may reflect a little of the character of the northern great plains, and by implication, the wisdom, stamina, and determination needed for survival for those peoples who have lived here.
Most recently, Helen was delighted to have a painting included in a special exhibit by the Missouri Valley Historical Society at the Bismarck Library. Helen has been included in group exhibits at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (2012) and the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND (2011). Highlights of her career include a solo exhibition at the Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, NY and a two person show at the Mill Gallery in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. She has received awards in New York and Michigan, has participated in juried exhibits in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Dakota, and is a member of Bismarck Art and Galleries Association, the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, and of Plein Air Artists. Helen received a BFA from Calvin College, Grand Rapids Mi in 1980 and has lived much of her life in rural North Dakota with her husband and family.