Helen Vaughn


My aim as a painter is to bring to life a slice of the world as I experience it. Light, color and form are my vocabulary.

Over the River and Through the Woods,
oil on canvas,
30 x 40 inches, 2016
Big Bosc Pears on a Sideboard,
oil on canvas,
20 x 60 inches, 2016
Peach Branches 2
oil on canvas
30 x 20 inches 2016
Treetops in Early Spring,
oil on canvas,
30 x 40 inches, 2013

I love the southern landscape. I love the intimacy of it; the way it seems to surround and envelope me. Many years ago, when I first visited the southwest desert—Georgia O’Keeffe country—I anticipated that it would be something I would be eager to paint. As it turned out, that didn’t happen at all. I could hardly wait to come home to the overarching trees, smaller sky and rolling hills—to the landscape that felt like home; the place that rooted me. I needed and wanted to paint these images.

Recently, I’ve begun painting still life and floral pieces. The most recent of these is Big Bosc Pears on a Sideboard. The canvas is outrageously horizontal at 20 x 60 inches. Each of the pears is approximately 11 inches tall, not counting the stem. This was very satisfying to paint.

I hope the passion I feel for what I do shows. Thank you for taking the time to look!

Helen Vaughn, February, 2016

Looking for Red Riding Hood,
oil on canvas,
36 x 36 inches, 2014
Tomato Temple,
oil and gold leaf on panel,
12 x 12 inches, 2016
House by the Sea in RI,
oil on canvas,
20 x 30 inches, 2015
Yellow Iris,
oil on canvas,
30 x 30 inches, 2015

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