A. S. Helwig utilizes techniques such as collage, texturing, glazing and under-painting to explore the prairie landscape. “I am painting the landscape that is familiar to me,” says Helwig. The imagery that I have been working with has become spiritual and dreamlike. The images are quick glances we have of the landscape as we move through it.”
Themes of alienation, awe, personal epiphanies and prayerfulness emerge. The fleeting moment transcends itself to reveal that feeling, that truth, which we intuitively understand but find difficult to articulate. These are visual poems, which insinuate the eternal into our understanding of the immediate
A. S. Helwig was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. From an early age she drew and painted. In fact, she has painted in acrylics since she was 14 years old in the coulee hills close to her family home. Helwig took a two-year commercial art program at the Medicine Hat College and then a Bachelor of Education Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Lethbridge. Looking for adventure Helwig moved to Fox Lake, a small remote Indian village in Northern Alberta. There she taught English and art while maintaining a studio in her home.
Presently residing in Calgary, Helwig remains an art educator and studio artist. You might have even seen her teaching a painting show called “Canvas” that aired on Shaw TV’s Channel ten. Mountain Galleries in Banff and Jasper, Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond and Rouge in Saskatoon represent her work.
Helwig’s award winning paintings are also in many private and public art collections.