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The Colosseum and more art by Helen Duplassie

The Colosseum
30 x 40 inch (h x w)
CAD 700
Oil on canvas
for sale

Artist Statement
My drawings and paintings are images from my life. I want to convey to others the way I see our world. It can be something microscopic or huge and powerful. When I see something that touches me, I want to recreate that beauty or power or emotion. It can be intricate in detail or beautiful in its simplicity. I hope that it will touch my viewers in some way. I find it extraordinary that, at this time in my life, I should find such joy and satisfaction, from art. I have so much to learn, but I have never enjoyed a journey so much. Luckily I have enjoyed the encouragement and support of my family who all have original ‘H. Duplassie’ paintings hanging on their walls.After trying out watercolour, dye on silk and acrylic, I decided to put all my energy into oil painting. I usually paint from my own photos. I like to paint landscapes and I look for great contrasts in shadow and for great colour. I have an extensive collection of coloured glass so lately I have been exploring the light and shadow in still life.

Artist Bio
As a teenager, Helen loved to draw portraits of friends and family. A graduate of York University, she had a long career in teaching where she took courses to become an Art Specialist.
After retiring at the age of 52 she decided to really explore her creative side and get back into the arts. She started with drawing courses which then led to painting courses. She paints in oils, acrylics, watercolour and dye on silk.
Helen joined Beaux-Arts Brampton in 2006 where she learned so much about being an artist by working with other artists, many of whom have become close friends. She also learned how to plan and run an art exhibit.
She wrote the newsletter for several years and following that she worked on the board as the Director of Administration.
She was instrumental in the success of the Beaux-Arts Mural Project by working with the city of Brampton (who funded the project) and the Brampton Arts Council.
She is also a member of Visual Arts Brampton and their Portrait group as well as Southern Ontario Visual Artists, Artworks Oakville, Visual Arts Mississauga, Joshua Creek and Headwaters Arts at Alton Mill.
Helen has exhibited art in Toronto galleries such as AWOL, Assembly Hall, Carrier, Etobicoke Civic Centre,Twist, Hittite, Neilson Park and more. She also had a piece at the Legislative Assembly. Other galleries in the area include Alton Mill, Beaux-Arts, Helson, Holcim, and The Gallery in Niagara Falls.
Helen is mainly a landscape artist but she also does portraits, still life, and animals.



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other works by Helen Duplassie

Sunflower
18 x 18 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas

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A Yellow Afternoon
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Sunflowers in My Backyard
9 x 12 inch (h x w)
Mixed media: gouache
pen and pencil crayon on watercolour paper

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