About Helen Steele:

My compositions are never preconceived, yet my themes are recurrent:

The use of the figure as the means of investigating various psychological states: harmony, serenity, anxiety, isolation….

The figure is my starting point, not my true subject. My subjects are human presence and absence. My approach is intuitive, suggesting rather than detailing. As I work and rework my canvas the image appears sometimes only to elude me then to reassert itself much later.

I work in multiple layers with buried images and words. Paint is wiped off and layers are peeled yielding the emerging image. Symbolic markings, personal imagery, shapes and words appear, questions arise. Intimacy is translated through the sensuality of line, the simplest and subtlest of my tools. the line can be bold and assertive or sublime and quite sensual.

Biography Of Helen Steele:

1961 – Born in Immenstadt, Germany

1982 – 1987 Studied at the Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich

1987 – Earned Master’s degree in art education, art history and psychology

1986 – 1988      Master studies with Hans Daucher, Capri, Italy

1999 – 2002    Studies with Linda Goodman

1987 – Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1987 – 1988 Multiple exhibitions in Los Angeles, CA

1988 – Moved to San Rafael, CA

1991 – 2005 Became an art instructor

1988 – 2018 Exhibitions in California, Colorado, Atlanta,, Santa Fe, Seattle and Germany



Oil on Panel 24″ x 24″

My Path

Oil on Canvas 48″ x 36″ SOLD