Helen Cantrell was born and raised in the Midwest, and moved to New York City as soon as possible in 1968. Her art education—at Washington University School of Fine Arts and the Art Students League among other places—was interrupted by full-time work as a typographer in NYC for quite a few decades. Upon nally retiring and moving to Connecticut, Cantrell was elected an artist member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in 1998. She returned to art school, graduating in 2004 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a Diploma, Studio Arts.
Cantrell shows paintings and prints widely throughout the Northeast, most recently winning juror’s awards at the 2015 Boston Printmakers Biennial and the 2016 Highpoint Center for Printmaking international exhibition. She currently focuses on large-scale woodcuts and landscape paintings in an expressionist gestural style. An indelible early inspiration was Richard Diebenkorn and the Bay Area expressionist realist painters.
“My paintings here are a response to suburban landscapes, usually glimpsed out of a moving car or train, with an occasional still life thrown in. I love oils, flinging paint around with big brushes, palette knives and drips. Though, strangely, a moment of quiet sometimes appears within all that activity—which hopefully reflects that moment of seeing.”