Helen Richards is a Queensland painter whose colourful stylised rainforest and mangrove paintings show her connection to the local environment.
Helen Richards was originally trained in Textiles: print and design, but developed a love of acrylics and mixed media after attending a few workshops. She has been a high school visual arts teacher for the last 30 years and taught both in Australia and overseas.
While living in Bundaberg for 13 years on a beautiful acreage property, Helen converted a large garage into an air-conditioned studio space and has not looked back, producing lively , colourfully textures paintings that are in collections from Melbourne to Cairns.
Her love of the ocean (a sailor for many years), and the birds, trees and tropical gardens on her small farm are the major influences in her artwork. Her textile training is still evident in the strong sense of pattern, texture and colour that enrich her work. The paintings are whimsical, inviting the viewer through a sense of play, to reconnect with nature and not take life too seriously. She has since relocated to The Lockyer Valley, just west of Brisbane and will continue to paint the scenery around her.