Helen is mainly self-taught, but has taken courses with Continuing Education, U.of A. Extension, Harold Olsen, Meridith Evans, George Weber, Frank Haddock, Edmonton Art Gallery, Sutton School of Art, Jerry Heine and Isabelle Hunt Johnson.
Landscapes, florals and still-life are Helen’s preferred genres, in oils, acrylic, watercolours and dyes on rice-paper. Now an Honourary Member of the Edmonton Art Club, Helen joined in 1986. She has participated in numerous shows through out the province and received various awards, including: Edmonton Northlands Fair, 1982 to 1987 with seven first and three second prizes for oil and acrylic paintings; the Division Sweepstake Award in 1987; and in 1988, The Golden Brush Award for a watercolour painting at The Edmonton Art Club’s Critic’s Choice Show.