Helen Shafer Garcia – Painter, Mixed Media Artist and Award Winning Illustrator
Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, found object and assemblage artist and award winning illustrator. Her whimsical style shows a love for living creatively with a studio filled to the brim with found objects! She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel, and mixed media to create contemporary images on paper along with a series of Icon folklore triptychs with wood, watermedia and found object construction.
Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous International resorts and magazines. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and currently teaches watercolor and acrylic painting at the college level. She has led painting workshops on both coasts, as well in New Zealand and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
I think of my works as encounters with mostly organic fragments bound together with a twist that invokes the spirit for an intriguing visual journey. I want to pull in the viewer into my coffee stained world of interpretation that intertwines of legends, flora, fauna and icons. Sometimes there is a bit of humor thrown in.
My process involves the process of transference – subtraction and addition of paint and decayed found objects, creating poetic relationships between organic and geometric shapes. Experimentation with random folklore themes and images juxtaposing with intriguing botanical shapes leads to deliberate sequestered yet unified shape arrangements.
None of this is intentional. My interests in a particular theme or subject seem to evolve on their own based on influential connections that I’ve encountered. I want the impressions to be open for consideration.