Winter 2023 Artist Talk - Helen Utsal

Join us for the winter 2023 Artist Talk series — an event that brings engaging speakers to NIC to help foster student and professional artists in the community.

Helen Utsal is a contemporary landscape painter living and working on Vancouver Island.  Spending time in Nature is a critical aspect of her inspiration and practice; a space for meditation, creation and renewal.

Helen speaks about her creative process: “Trees have become my people, with all the same diversity of shapes, moods and personalities. I don’t seek to reproduce reality, but rather reflect my impressions and feelings to express the many moods of the forests. Using unexpected colours helps me to prompt the viewer to see the forest as I do, a place of wonder and awe, magic, and possibilities. With paints, charcoal, and chalk I seek to convey Nature's vitality, complexity, and beauty.”

Helen studied Fine Art at Concordia University, and she worked as a studio assistant to artists and photographers including Tom Hopkins, Graeme Metson, Donigan Cumming and Michael Flomen. Helen has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

Helen Utsal’s studio is located in Tintown of the Comox Valley. 

Discover her work

This event is free and open to all! We hope to see you there.