Helen has always been interested in creative arts of one form or another. She sketched incessantly as a child. She learned how to follow dressmaking patterns making and selling Barbie doll clothes before making her own fashions in her teens. She began oil painting in her twenties and at that time was a member of the long defunct Orillia Guild of Artists.
Then life distracted her from the canvas as often happens. In business, she was taught design specific to newspaper and magazine advertising layouts. Before digital design became the norm, she learned calligraphy and supplemented her income by hand lettering diplomas, proclamations, posters and menu.
In the pre-photoshop and digital camera days, Helen owned and operated Fine Line Design Graphics and Screen Printing in Bracebridge, creating up to 2 x 3 ft posters, retail price cards, weatherproof grommetted banners, and magnetic signs by the 'hands on' screen printing process and hand lettering. These past few years she has returned to painting for her enjoyment primarily in water colour and acrylic mediums. She has participated in exhibits including through the former Orillia Fine Arts Association and the International Womens Day Show. She has some works in private collections and has also fulfilled some commissioned orders.