Helen Shideler

 

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As long as I can remember I have been drawing and painting. Although my subject matter may have changed with time, what has not changed is my attraction to nature; being drawn in by sunlight, shadows, textures and details all with rich colors.

For me, painting is a celebration of life and how light and color interact.  I always approach my work with enthusiasm and energy. Painting feels like a rather intimate experience as I spend an inordinate amount of time with each work – from the original photography sessions through the visualization exercise to the initial sketches and beyond.

Over the years, I have developed a distinctive style, full of life with a sense of whimsy. Even when I try to loosen up or change it up, the style remains recognizable. I think this is because my approach is the same using vivid colors, focusing on details and precise handling of the paint.  It is my signature – my visual voice.

My work is included in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada and in the US. Having always been an active supporter of regional art events and organizations, my work has been included in numerous invitational and juried shows across Canada. This active participation has presented me with numerous exhibition opportunities, recognition and awards, including Best in Show. To date, I have held eight solo exhibitions and currently have my ninth show “Full Spectrum” scheduled to be held at the Saint John Imperial Theatre early fall 2011.

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