Helen Utsal’s colourful landscape paintings express Nature’s exuberant and vital spirit.
Gesture, expression and emotion weave into colour, texture and light. Helen spends a lot of time in Nature, sometimes painting outside with acrylics to study and capture dynamic impressions. In the studio she uses oil paint mixed with cold wax medium to bring texture and depth to the painting. Often stapling canvas to the wall, Helen likes to work on a large scale, using big palette knives and lots of motion. She makes many of her own canvas stretchers, which allows her to work in unique sizes. Creating the whole object from raw canvas to finished painting imprints it with an energy of its own.
Born in Montreal, Helen obtained her BFA at Concordia University and apprenticed under painter Tom Hopkins. Helen comes from an artistic family; her grandmother Salme Utsal, a Montreal artist and her sister Kate Taylor, based in Toronto.
Get into your Flow with Art:
Join Helen for a painting workshop that will get your creativity flowing so you can connect deep within. Bring a favorite photo or idea, Helen will provide all the supplies and assist you with your piece. Go back and work on your painting throughout the weekend. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.
This is the only workshop you will need to register in advance and pay a small supply fee $25 register in advance