Friday, January 16, 2015

Helen Rowles

Hollywood © Helen Rowles
Name: Helen Rowles
Bio: Helen Norsigian Rowles was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to first generation American parents of Armenian descent. Her Armenian cultural roots both shaped and influenced her childhood. Helen's mother was an artist and the St. Louis Art Museum was a frequent outing for the family, just across the Mississippi River. The first major exhibit Helen saw as a child was a retrospective showing of Van Gogh's paintings that has remained clear in her mind to this day. 
Helen received a BFA from Arizona State University in 1983. Through college she painted scenery for The Lyric Opera Theatre and participated in several group showings. Helen was awarded a Board of Regents scholarship based on her portfolio and after graduating, she worked as an interior designer, and as a freelance artist painting and drawing portraits, illustrations, and murals. Helen received her MA (Ed) from the University of Phoenix in 2008 and currently enjoys teaching studio art classes to adults at the Mesa Arts Center.
Helen had her first solo exhibition in 2002 at the Armenian Cultural Center in Scottsdale, and has exhibited consistently since then. She has one numerous awards including Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award, in 2013. She is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Arizona Art Alliance, the Mesa Art League, the East Valley Artists Guild, and the Arizona Pastel Association.
Medium: Pastel; pencil on wood; graphite
Subjects: Varied – see Gallery
Style: Representational, colorist.
Navigation: Not a difficult site to navigate, although there is inevitably some overlap in the galleries, which all remain accessible from any page.
Gallery: In my world; Pastel; Scarves of Heaven; Figurative; Still Life; Graphite; Landscape; Animals.
Image View:  Thumbnails enlarge in a viewer, where they are labelled; they may not be downloaded.  Hollywood is 18 x 24 ins.
Demo: Yes, look under Technique.
Blog: No

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