Paintings by Helen Klebesadel
"These paintings are a tribute to the women in my family who presented their creative voices to the world through their needles and cloth."
Helen Klebesadel's watercolor images emerge from a combination of observed reality and imagination. Starting with complete pencil drawings, she uses multiple wash to achieve the rich colors and subtle renderings that give her work form.
Klebesadel chooses her colors to evoke symbolic meaning, historical reference, and emotional content. Both critiquing and celebrating the social power and creative expression associated with gender role divisions, she believes in painting as an act of self-determination and empowerment, and uses the process as part of a method to reclaim and revision herself as a whole.
There is more information about Helen at www.varoregistry.com/klebesadel/.