For many years she has lived in Weston, a small village in Hertfordshire. The village is full of iconic and wonderful characters somewhat stranger than fiction in many cases and often seems to exist in its own parallel universe.
She is very fond of little garden birds, she loves vintage wallpaper and art that makes her smile. She studied the art of icon painting with the marvellous Father Reagan O’Callaghan and discovered the wonders of the ancient Russian techniques and crafts of working with egg tempera, gesso and gold. Her latest work is a synergy of her experiences both past and present.
Aristophanes wrote of a ‘city in the sky’ populated by birds –cloud cuckoo land – where men transformed into birds. Topical references abound in his work for the amusement of his fellow citizens and so they do in Helens. The paintings are part of an ongoing series of works two of which were exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2010.
You can find Helen in the Emerging Artists Zone and her website is at www.helendodds.com