Getting to know…Helen Shideler




Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration comes from everywhere. I love bright colour, light and shadows.  Details and complexity. Interesting shadows. I love the energy of inspired &  positive people.  I love engaging in lively conversations and thinking out loud, brainstorming, what ifs etc.

I admire artists who can keep it simple.  I have tried.  It is not me.

IMG_7996_newHow would you describe your style or process?

Intricate, painterly, experimental, classic… BecasueI am drawn to complex subjects, I usually take time up front to map out in my mind how I am going to approach the work.  Some times it may be a matter of just starting it.  Sometimes I stew over it for days or weeks until the approach is clear to me.  And then I am off painting deliberately.

Where may people find more of your work?

At my home studio and gallery Blooming Colours by appointment, my web site and at the Citadel Gallery on Charlotte Street in Saint John


IMG_8432_newWhat are you currently working on?

Several poured paintings in play. There is another large series in my mind.  I am also trying to paint one small painting a week.  I

What is your idea of a dream trip?

Painting in Italy next year!  Attending plein air workshops in California, Africa and Alaska.  Maybe even teach on a cruise ship.  And  every chance to visit family in Vancouver!


What would you like to accomplish in the next three years?

It’s about time I book a solo show…

Book or Movie?

Depends on the weather – if is nice out, we are out

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate and vanilla



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