“I enjoy the spontaneity of watercolor. When considering subjects to paint, I am attracted to those with interesting perspective, dramatic light and elements that are meaningful to me personally. Patterns, texture and unique shapes are particularly interesting to me.
I have been experimenting with papers and discovered that I love the texture and look of watercolor on ginwashi rice paper. In most of my paintings, I use a batik process where I apply a resist to the paper (either molten wax or liquid rubber latex) over previously applied colors that I really like. That preserves that color from any further glazing. Whether on 300 lb watercolor paper, or rice paper, the result is a luminous, transparent painting.”
Helen Brown is a former French language instructor turned artist. She teaches watercolor painting, assists renowned artists at Art in the Mountains workshops and, in addition to the Tumalo Art Co., she is a member of the High Desert Art League, and the Watercolor Society of Oregon.