I have been documenting the progress of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in Long Beach for over two years in observational landscape paintings. I was motivated by the powerful and complex images in the Port, and the historical significance of this construction. My work has focused on the linear qualities of the landscapes and… Continue reading The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project
Warehoused III. Oil painting, 2017. 34″ x 44″ Painted on location at the Running Horse Studio Collection in Irwindale, CA. Silent Screams evolved to a warehouse series, an allegory of the warehousing of immigrants. Warehoused. Quill pen, ink, colored pencil, 2016. 18″ x 24″ Donor’s Choice Honorable Mention, Ink & Clay; Kellogg Art Gallery, 2016.8th… Continue reading Warehoused Series
Extended Artist’s Statement, March 2016 Helen Werner Cox The Theme: Employing the carousel as a visual metaphor of society, I exploited its complex and diverse images through different vantage points and media. The disquieting effect of the anxieties we experience regarding things beyond our control is expressed through the organization of values, lines, shapes, and… Continue reading Artist’s Statement, 2016.
Silent Screams. Oil and pastel on paper, 2015. 90″ x 90″ This composition evolved from the lithograph of the same title. Although the horses are of a corresponding configuration (flipped in the lithograph due to the nature of printing), the architecture is used in this image to emphasize the circular motion of the carousel. The… Continue reading Silent Screams Series
Lithograph, watercolor, acrylic. 9.5″ x 10″ May 2015 Tunnel books, arranged to simulate a three-dimensional illusion, originated in the 1700’s and were inspired by stage sets. However, its name has a surprising source. In England this form of book was used to advertise a newly built tunnel under the Thames River. The tunnel itself… Continue reading Tunnel Book: The Pageantry of the Carousel
It was instructive to see the preparatory drawings and paintings in comparison to the larger, final compositions. This happened by looking in different galleries, sometimes in different museums, but the intensity with which we approached museums in these last two weeks kept the images fresh enough that I could recognize and compare some of the… Continue reading Conclusions from Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral: impressive, beautiful windows, remarkable intersecting arches, and too many people! You would think they could respect the request to keep their big mouths shut for whatever length of time they spent in the cathedral. It looks like it is finally going to get the cleaning it needs on its 850th birthday. Palace… Continue reading More adventures in Paris, 2013.
We got so comfortable in London it was hard to transition to Paris, but after the first day we began to enjoy ourselves. The transit system is not as thorough and organized as the one in London, and the bathrooms are filthy, but the museums are great. The food is way too expensive and not… Continue reading Impressions – Paris – June 2013
The Tate Britain has an exquisite exterior, ominously pitted along one side from bombs during WWII. I was thrilled to find Henry Moore drawings and sculptures, as well as video footage of the artist at work. It showed him bending the armature in a vise, applying plaster in layers to achieve the form, fine tuning… Continue reading Tate Britain; May 28, 2013