Shyama Helin

www.shyamahelin.com

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Words from the Artist

I am an emerging painter who lives and works in Portland. My art blends figurative and abstract elements, and reflects our spiritual and emotional connection to the environment. Surface textures and cracking techniques help illustrate nature’s fragility, and give each piece a unique, organic and contemporary style. Raised in one of the oldest communes on the West Coast, it isn’t surprising that I’ve embraced nature as a subject. My childhood home was a cabin in the woods – we didn’t rely on electricity or phones – and I often found myself sketching under the comforting canopy of the forest, alone with my imagination. My connection to nature is profound and unbreakable. Over the last eight years, my commitment to art has leaped ahead. In 2007, I left my job and became a freelance Project Manager, to devote more time to artistic growth. Between projects, I paint, explore composition and experiment – developing my signature style. It was in trying to “antique” my work where I discovered the cracking method that sets me apart today. Tapping into the practice of collage, I sketch my figures on paper, cut them out and adhere them to the textured and organic background before I begin painting. My work has become more abstract over the years and while my own story is woven into each piece, I leave room for each viewer’s interpretation.