Helena Tarn is an abstract expressionist artist living and working in County Down, Northern Ireland.
Inspired by the natural beauty of her home town, Helena’s work incorporates the rich, wild landscapes and evokes feelings of the natural world. Growing up in the Yorkshire moorlands, Helena now calls Northern Ireland home, a place where the lush Mourne Mountains sprawl into the stormy Irish sea. For Helena, art is not about what you see, but how it makes you feel. She is passionate about how art creates an emotional narrative. Art brings life, it shows personality and brings joy, fulfilment and feeds the soul.
Although passionate about art growing up, Helena chose the ‘sensible’ job route and worked in the corporate IT industry for several years. However, the need to find creative fulfilment reignited the desire to experiment artistically and Helena started to take evening art classes to fill the creative void and hone her technical skills.
Helena’s work is driven by raw emotion felt through experiencing the breath-taking bleakness of the natural world. The contrast between the awe-inspiring power, feeling so small on this planet, yet a deep and meaningful connection with its bold landscapes drive the need to capture these feelings with a bold and vibrant art practice.
My abstract, expressionistic style is the accumulation of feelings, landscape, bold textures and self-awareness that form colours and marks on canvas. My work is intuitive and driven by the energy and chaos of the rocky coastline and the wildness and bleakness of the hills. My work is a continuation of that energy and chaos. My bold use of colour and rich texture create a pronounced mood and distinct atmosphere, whilst respectfully leaving enough creative space for the individual viewer’s own imagination. You are led, almost enticed towards a concept, but never forced. My vision is not tell you what to see, to but to encourage deep and personal contemplation. My hope is that you experience raw and authentic art, art that connects with your brave, vulnerable soul. Art that energises you and enables you to become as powerful and bold as the landscapes I seek to represent.
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