Wabi Sabi by Helle
Oil and coldwax on cradled wood panel. Made from sustainable, Malaysian plywood (PEFC certified)
- 80cm x 60cm x 3cm
- Also available to buy as an A3 fine art print
A Danish artist, who came to the UK in 1988. who’s been living in Leigh on Sea by the Thames Estuary since 2010 where her passion for painting really started when she enrolled on a local painting course. It was soon clear she had found something special that totally resonated.
Creativity has always been the thing pulling me – working in a graphic design studio, being a portrait/wedding photographer, designing and making silk bandanas for dogs, pet photographer (Shootmydog), designing and making silk and linen cushions with abstract images from my photography, all met with interest from the buying public.
Each stage of my journey has been a valuable, creative building block that has led to developing my unique approach in expressing my inner sensitivities.
My work is created on cradled plywood panels (cradled by 20x33mm wood batons, making them stand out nicely from the wall and easy to hang) and I use a mixture of oil and coldwax (CWM), which I find works well to achieve the desired aesthetics. Other mediums I use is sand, soil, oil pastels, acrylics, coal, scrunched up paper with writing or newspaper cuts that relates to the image. I scrape back dried paint to reveal the layers beneath and gouge into the surfaces with various tools.
My work is abstract and I take my inspiration from aged surfaces that show the passage of time; I’m drawn to the decay of faded frescos, ancient walls, graffiti and street art, but also nature’s palette and the outdoors. The colours of the sea and the special light that you find in Denmark and Scandinavia as a whole, has had a huge influence on the way I paint. I’m a collector of things that I find in nature, especially stones, pebbles and sea-glass. Working with oil and wax takes patience, as each layer takes at least a day to achieve a semi-dryness, ready for the next layer. All of my paintings are multi layered, adding complexity, contrast and texture. I work mostly intuitively and colours are very important to me – a painting often starts with an idea of putting certain colours together that feel right.
Most days now, I can be found working in my container studio at Leigh Marina.