Winter Harmony by Helen Cottle

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DIMENSIONS (Height - 76.00 cm X Width - 56.00 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Watercolour on Paper
GENRE Landscape
REGISTERED NRN # 000-1652-0163-01
COPYRIGHT © Helen Cottle
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Artist: Helen Cottle


Helen Cottle was born in bay side Williamstown, Victoria in 1962, she is a self-taught/self-educated artist who paints in all mediums in a realist/impressionist style. Helens artistic life began in early childhood; she would spend many hours drawing from life always seeking new subject matter. What began as a part time hobby over time evolved into a passion to express herself creativity in whatever medium called on to compliment the chosen subject. Helen was greatly encouraged by her high school art teachers to pursue a career in art and teaching; however she decided not to continue on and study art at university but decided to follow her own path of self education and exploration. She attended local art groups and began seeking out tutors to further her technical knowledge and understanding of certain mediums. She has been inspired by various artists past and present, choosing the works of Arthur Streeton, John Singer-Sargent, Harold Herbert closely studying their brushstrokes and techniques.  Initially she experimented and then concentrated on oil painting for 5 years and eventually changed focus and decided to specialise in watercolour for which extended for the next 20years. Helen has recently moved into acrylic and mixed media. No matter which medium is chosen, she believes that having a fascination with the effects of light on a subject and observing life’s intriguing details, everyday views can be transformed into dynamic and interesting works of art. Helen’s career began as an Artist and Art educator, with no formal training, just an eagerness to continue to learn and then pass on her gained knowledge to others, encouraging them to enjoy the world of art.

Helen is currently working as a professional Artist/Art educator in the Macedon ranges north/west of Melbourne.

And is she is a popular and sort after tutor/teacher. Helen currently works from her own Art studio in Gisborne, where she conducts classes and workshops teaching drawing and painting in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.

She also runs workshops throughout Victoria and interstate. Helen has also tutored for the National Gallery of Victoria conducting a watercolour workshops to coincide with ‘Seeing the centre’ Albert Namatjira watercolour exhibition in 2003, with ‘The Modern Britain’s’ exhibition 2008 and again in 2011 for the Gustave Moreau exhibition. Helen currently tutors for the Art scene Mitchell School of Art, Bathurst, Art in Action, Kurrajong, Dookie Art Attack, Sheparton & Grafton Arts fest, Grafton.

Helen is a member of AGRA (Australian guild of realist artists), Macedon Ranges Art group, and the Woodend Art Group.

Helen has held several solo and joint exhibitions that have all been very successful with many sales and commissions extending from them. She participates in many art shows and competitions such as Camberwell Rotary art show; St Kevin’s College Art Show and regularly receives awards, prizes and commendations.

Recent works can be viewed at,  HD Gallery Woodend, Without Pier Gallery, Cheltenham & Hampton, Manynug Gallery, Mt Eliza, Ecliptic Gallery Armadale, Mad Gallery Lancefield,  Pantechnicon Gallery Daylesford and her private studio in Gisborne, by appointment. 0407679339


      2011                      Opened private Gallery in Woodend with Dawn Robinson

                                    Manyung Gallery, July exhibition

                                    Without Pier Gallery, Watercolour show

                                    Without Pier Gallery Joint show with Richard Chamerski

      2010                      Special Invitation, Guest Artist (1 of 35)

International Shanghai watercolour Biennial Exhibition China

      2009                      Deans Art award Camberwell rotary Art Show

Best Watercolour Bacchus Marsh art show

Group Watercolour show Without Pier Cheltenham

                                    ‘May Show’, Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza

      2008                      “Femme Fatale” Artist Realm Gallery Gisborne.

A Walk of art, Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Melbourne

      2007                      “The Carriers Exhibition”MacedonRangesShire Project

                                    Joint Exhibition Artists Realm Gallery Gisborne

                                    Solo Feature Exhibition The Gallery Mt Macedon                

2005                      Mc Cubbin 150th joint exhibition Romsey {NGV}

2004                                            Three Points of View Exhibition Heathcote Winery

2002                                            Twin Pursuits Joint exhibition Tin Shed Art Malmsbury

2001                                            Solo Exhibition Mt Aitkin Winery Gallery Gisborne

1999                                            Solo Exhibition Gisborne

1998                                           JointExhibitionGisbornePrimary School

1997                                           People & PlacesSoloExhibitionMowbrayCollegeMelton

1995                      Endless Possibilities Solo Exhibition FinchesGalleryMacedon

1994                      Images inWatercolourSoloExhibitionMowbrayCollege

1992                                            Joint Exhibition Black Forest Gallery Gisborne

1991                                            Joint Exhibition Black Forest Gallery Gisborne        



      2011                      Best watercolour Kilmore art expo

                                   Best Watercolour Altona rotary Art show


      2010                      Best local Artist Woodend lions Art show

2nd Oil Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art show

Best Watercolour Kiwanis Art show

      2009                      Deans Art award,Camberwell Rotary Art Show

                                    Best WatercolourBacchus Marsh Rotary Art show

     2008                       Best in Show Kiwanis Art Show, Sunbury

                                    Best Watercolour, Kiwanis Art Show Sunbury

                                    Highly Commended &Sponsors Choice

                                    Altona Rotary Art show

                                    Best local Content & people’s choice award Bacchus Marsh                     

                                    Rotary Art show.

                                    Highly commended Kilmore Arts expo

     2007                       Best Williamstown Subject Altona Rotary  Art Show

                                    Acquisition Award Altona Rotary Art Show & highly com.

MabbieAtkinsonAwardMitchellSchoolof Art. Winter school

                                    Best Acrylic and Peoples choice Awards TRATA Art Show

                                    Ist Prize Oil/Acr Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

      2006                      Best in show Kiwanis Art Show Sunbury

                                    Best Watercolour Kiwanis Art Show Sunbury

2005                                            Highly Commended Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

Highly Commended Woodend Lions Art Show

      2004                      Peoples Choice Award Trentham Art Show

                                    Highly Commended Trentham Art Show

                                    Peoples Choice Macedon Ranges Art Group Show

2nd Prize Watercolour Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

Best Watercolour Kiwani’s Art Show Sunbury

      2003                      Highly commended Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

                                    Best Local Artist Woodend Lions Art Show

                                    Best Watercolour Kiwani’s Art Show

2002                                            Acquisition Prize Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

2000                                            Best Watercolour Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

Highly Commended Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

Best Watercolour Woodend Lions Art Show

Highly Commended Woodend Lions Art Show

1999                                            Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show

1998                                            Watercolour Prize Woodend Lions Art Show

                                Best Local Artist Melton Art Show