Hellen Edwards – Tuross Head NSW

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Art has played an enormously important role throughout my life.

My father was a watercolourist and inspired me to “look” and to not be afraid of seeing colours. He was responsible for giving me a keen eye and an appreciation of subtlety in art and also courage to try out various mediums.

Murray Edwards -my brother, who had a studio in the Clare Valley, South Australia, was a well known and respected pastel artist , working from his own studio and marketing/selling internationally. Sadly he died in 2011 but his work is still on display at Tim Adams Winery in Clare, in The Murray Room.

These facts in themselves are part of my history and having such wonderful influences helped me to forge my own “brand” of artwork.As a primary teacher for more than 20 years, I had excellent opportunities to work with and to encourage children to express themselves artistically and more often than not was likewise inspired by them.I was art co-ordinator for our school Penrith South from 1990 until 1999 and also responsible for the exhibiting of childrens` art work at local galleries and competitions.

Retirement has given me the time to explore further and to meet and work with fellow artists and crafts people. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful and inspiring environment.