A camera as an artist’s brush and box of colours? Well, yes, that’s how Helen sees it.
She has had a camera in her hands from her early years; first ‘commandeering’ her parents box camera to practice her photography skills on family, everyday scenes and objects around her. Since then she has travelled extensively, her camera always at the ready to capture those vignettes that tell a story.
Helen’s work has been influenced by her studies of paintings and photographs in galleries across Canada, in the United States, in Europe and in Santiago, Chile. Her study of the Impressionists’ paintings, those of the Group of Seven, the works of well-known photographers Karsh, Malak and Freeman Patterson, and the artist Robert Bateman have provided her with the impetus to develop her own unique vision and style.
Her work has appeared on the covers of, and in, several books, in a number of tourism booklets, brochures and pamphlets, in magazine articles and in local newspapers.
An Artistic Journey
Helen says she has been truly blessed recently as she explores more of the different facets of creating artistic works with her latest DSLR cameras.
The tasks assigned to her in her new photojournalism role have challenged her to hone night photography skills and, as well, to enable her ability to ‘capture’, quickly, artistically pleasing scenes within the constraints of being media accredited to a Royal Tour.
Being one of three judges in a community holiday season lighting and decorating contest brought with it a new sense of objectivity and a delight in seeing others’ creativity and artistic expression in a venue other than in an art gallery.
The journey continues – stay tuned!
"I'm now on a new learning curve to balance the work I've taken on recently as a Photo Journalist/Reporter with my artistic side and the work I want to display at ArtScene, not always an easy task. But one is never too old to learn something new."