Helen grew up in Australia. Her art was influenced from an early age by her Russian background. One of Helen’s favourite artists was Ivan Shishkin, a landscape painter who was notable for his depictions of seasons in the woods, wild nature, animals and birds. Another influence on Helen’s work was the artist Ivan Bilibin who was a Russian illustrator, inspired by Slavic mythology, Russian folklore and fairy tales. He was brought to Helen’s attention at an early age by her first teacher, a Russian artist, who also encouraged her to travel and see the world.
Helen studied art and illustration at East Sydney Technical College, but later switched to photography completing the first three year photographic course at Ultimo T.A.F.E. after being introduced to this medium and falling in love with it. Later Helen also completed the Fine Art Certificate at Gymea T.A.F.E. then worked for a number of years in various studios as a photographer and printer including T.A.F.E where she worked with various teachers on photographic assignments.
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Festival of Arts and Crafts
Category: Oil, Landscape
Annual Art Exhibition – Landscape