Artist Profile- Helen Peart
Born and educated in Melbourne, I moved to Canberra with my husband and family in 1968.
An interest in art commenced with classes in life drawing and oil painting in the late 70's, capturing local landscapes in the Canberra region and successfully selling through exhibitions and galleries.
A move to the countryside outside Canberra in 1986 > 2002 increased my love of the natural world and wildlife, while our family of four children helped raise some Murray Grey cattle and geese and 'sometimes' assisted in creating a large garden.
Now living on the outskirts of Queanbeyan with a variety of native animals making their way through our garden - wombats, kangaroos, echidnas, possums, frogs, plus platypus in the nearby Queanbeyan river and beautiful bird life including a friendly King Parrot who comes for his 'handout' of sunflower seeds while sitting on my husband's knee. Wonderful subject matter to draw on for a painting!
Classes and workshops with inspiring tutors, both local and interstate, have been a great source of learning and encouragement. Botanical art now provides a challenge and satisfaction in the detail necessary to put on paper an intricate flower,a beautiful autumn leaf or a colourful bird.
Regular painting days are held at the Australian National Botanic Gardens where the ranger collects specimens for the 'Botanical Art Group' to paint - the interaction and knowledge gained by being part of this group is very useful and enjoyable.
A member of the Botanical Art Society of Australia, the Friends of the Australian National Botanical Gardens, the Canberra Art Society, the Wildlife and Botanical Art Society and the Queanbeyan Art Society - I regularly exhibit through these organisations.