As an artist and designer one of the most important influences for me are other artists and designers. I believe that having a community of like-minded people who share the same ideas and passions is essential to creativity. Art in its many forms is a language and I am continually fascinated by the message that other artists aim to communicate though their work
The ideas of the Renaissance masters was not to continue repeating the same ideas and methods but rather to continue pushing forward and create the new and unexpected and to challenge the perception of what art is while paying tribute to those that came before them. Contemporary art aims to push the boundaries of these accepted ideas and move away from the past to create the present. With this in mind, I will be conducting a series of interviews here on my blog to highlight the artists, designers and creative minds of present day Florence
In conjunction with our facebook group Creative People in Florence, I will be conducting these interviews with our group members. In the coming months I hope to be able to interview each member who is currently living in Florence as a way of highlighting their wide range of talents. The questions will be exactly the same for each artist/designer and creative person, what is fascinating are the similarities as well as the differences in the answers.
Helen has shown her work in galleries in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC, and will be one of 8 artists to exhibit at "Gallerie Sparta" in Beverly Hills in their inaugural exhibition later this spring.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am originally form Uk but was educated in US. First a BFA in Painting at RISD then MFA in Painting at Indiana University. I then taught painting and drawing at the university level for about twenty years. The last 7 at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia.
Was there a defining moment when you knew that you wanted to be an artist? If so when and what was it? I was five and began showing other five year olds how to do their school art projects.
Do you listen to music when you work? If so who or what? Usually always. Anything from opera to Pearl Jam.
What is your favorite movie? Cinema Paradiso and A Room With a View
In my free time... walk and spend time with my amazing friends in Florence!
I would like to travel more and visit more if the great cities and museums in Europe.
Thank you Helen for sharing your work and your thought with us! Its been a pleasure!
If you are planning a visit to Florence and looking for a great tour guide with in- depth knowledge of the city and the techniques of the masters, you can contact Helen here.