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.
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