Coming from a wide & varied career, including General Manager & CEO ..leaving Corporate life, I went on to study Graphic Design and follow my heart …
From living in Far North Queensland, as well as Country & Coastal towns in NSW & Queensland, accompany that with a love of travel, years of sailing on many racing yachts & charter boats, either as a deckhand or Skipper…with a love of photography, a camera always to hand… all opens up to a large variety of subjects & experiences for inspirations for my paintings..
I went on to achieve an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design and Multimedia .. and for the 16 years as a Freelance, Graphic & Web designer, I finally decided to concentrate solely on developing my own artwork further. My initial aim was to learn how to adopt Watercolour into my Pen & Ink studies, without being told I was “just colouring in” to which, has now developed a love for the medium by itself .
I have had the opportunity to learn from the best Watercolourists in Australia..Tutors such as Robert Wade OAM and Malcolm Beattie, Jacky Pearson, Guy Troughton, Barry & Lucy McCann, Chan Dissanyake, Rob Candy, Ross Paterson, Hermann Pekel, Keiko Tanabe, and the list goes on….All of which greatly influence my work & style..
My “heroes” in watercolour are Robert Wade OAM, Jack McDonogh, Sydney Long & Hans Heysen…but none moreso than Beatrix Potter, as it was her imagination and illustrations that I loved from my childhood, that when I saw her original works in Birnam in Scotland and the World of Beatrix Potter at Bowness on Windermere, I knew that was to be my new direction …..
In 2012, I became a Member of The Central Coast Watercolour Society, and held numerous positions such as Beginners workshop Coordinator , Assistant Workshop Coord ,Website & Social Media Officer & Official Photographer, unfortunately having to retire all positions in 2017 due to ongoing ill health..
In 2015 , I joined the Society of Artists & the Hunter Arts Network, and then in 2016 I was invited to become a member of The Newcastle Art Society. All of which hold regular exhibitions, sales opportunities & markets… Im also happy to discuss Commissions for specific paintings …
SO in late 2016, I decided to make the change from HEKTIK Designs…(Websites & Photography) …… to HELKINART Watercolour Artist 😀
Daphne Young Watercolour Prize – Awarded Emerging Artist -The Two Escapees
Town Of Murals Art Prize – Awarded Highly Commended – Mr Percival
Morisset Agricultural Show – 2nd Prize Drawing – HItched
Daphne Young Memorial Watercolour Art Prize Armidale 2014 2017 2018
Morisset Ag Show 2019
Newcastle Ag Show 2019
Currabubula Art Prize 2018
Scone Art Prize 2018
Laguna Art Show 2018
Town of Murals Art Prize 2018 2017
Cessnock Art Prize 2018 2017
Singleton Art Prize 2018 2017 2016 2015
Newcastle Art Prize 2018 2017 2016 2015
Inspired HVGS Maitland 2018 2017 2016 2015
Ocean Blue Gallery 2017
Gosford Art Gallery Foyer 2015
KAB Gallery Terrigal 2015
CCWS Celebration of Watercolour Gosford 2015
Easter Showcase Gosford 2017 2016 2015 2014
Springtime Exhibition The Entrance 2016 2014
A Current Member of…
Society of Artists Newcastle
Hunter Art Network
Newcastle Art Society
Newcastle Plein Air Painters
Newcastle Urban Sketchers
Central Coast Watercolour Society