Featured Artist – Helen Vlasic

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Nature calms the soul. It sparks our curiosity. It heightens our sense of wonder. It enriches our daily walk on this planet. Pausing for a moment from our frenetic twenty-first century lives to observe the movement of clouds, the colors of a butterfly, or the wind blowing across a field of flowers brings peace and joy to the human heart.

Human nature and the human condition are equally fascinating. The internal emotions of a person are often revealed in the eyes, the gestures of the head, the shoulders the hands.

I use light, color, shape, and expressive brushwork to capture the emotion of a moment of encounter with the human and/or natural world.

 

“Tropical Dreams” – 27 x 18 inches, Oil on Linen

“Morning Shadows in Seaport” – 20 x 24 inches, Oil on Linen

“Rainy Day at the Pitti Palace” – 16 x 20 inches, Oil on Linen

“On the Cusp of Adulthood” – 20 x 16 inches, Oil on Linen

“The Seen and the Unseen” – 38 x 20 inches, Oil on Linen

“February Buds” – 24 x 20 inches, Oil on Linen

“You’re Not the Boss of Me” – 30 x 36, Oil on Linen

“Defending the Nest” – 20 x 24 inches, Oil on Linen

“A Well Deserved Break” – 16 x 20 inches, Oil on Linen

“Turquoise and Orange Sunset” – 24 x 20 inches, Oil on Linen

Michigan artist, Helen Vlasic, finds joy in spending time outside, hiking, rowing, kayaking and cross country skiing and considers herself an amateur naturalist. In addition, she is passionate about the human condition, specifically the joys, challenges, experiences and emotions of individuals. Her oil paintings include landscapes, portraits and figurative work. Through traditional approaches  to light, color and shape and using expressive brushwork, Helen’s work seeks to provoke an emotional response from the viewer.

Helen has drawn and painted since childhood. She began to dedicate herself to a more formal education in drawing and painting in the last ten years, studying under several accomplished artists and teachers at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, MI and in numerous workshops.

Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sergeant,  Scott Burdick, Jeff Hein, Kim English, Tim Widener, Vianna Szabo and David Mensing are some of the artists that influence Helen’s work.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the metro Detroit area and has received awards at several art shows.

Website:  www.hvlasic.faso.com

Facebook:  Helen Vlasic Fine Art

Instagram: @helenvlasic