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“Every painting begins with investigation into the subject.  Every artist is then challenged to infuse that knowledge with the skills they have accumulated in their art ‘toolbox’. My goal as an instructor is to motivate and assist artists where they are and encourage them to learn and refine those talents to create their best Masterworks.”

I was raised on the west coast, lived and worked in Colorado for 35 years and now live full time in Sedona, AZ. I have also been involved in the regional arts in Arizona these last 15 years. I participate in exhibitions at Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Visual Artists Coalition Open Studio events, Artlink shows in Phoenix, AZ, and many national juried exhibitions around the country.  I am an environment-focused artist, whose objective is to create a visual that connects people with wild nature. I am also an avid birdwatcher and made nature documentaries for television. My detailed watercolors are large works on paper, done in the ‘narrative style’ that often touches on important social and environment concerns.

I teach drawing, watercolor, and mentor artists and friends with creative projects. Currently, I am writing a series of inspirational nature books based on my travels and sketch journals containing stories of wildlife about the interesting people I encountered both in North and South America.

Presently my paintings are traveling in a national exhibition “Environmental Impact II” 2019-2024, an exhibit compiled of 26 national artists whose art shows the effect and demands humans put on their environments throughout the world, bringing to the forefront pressing and critical issues facing global communities in the next decades.

I am fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

www.helsaple.com