Helen completed her B.Tech in surface design at the Cape University of Technology in 1988, and undertook a short course in ceramics in 1999.
Essentially a self-taught artist, she now moves seamlessly between clay work, painting, and printmaking. Her textile design background informs the marks she makes, while the cross pollination of different media motivates her experimental approach, sometimes using direct printmaking methods such as copperplate etching and embossing onto clay, and sculpting on canvas.
The proximity to magnificent landscapes of the Karoo and ocean vistas of the South African West Coast serves as inspiration for Helen. Her work is an intuitive response to the vastness of this space where infinite horizons become a metaphor for the shifting patterns and rhythms of human existence.