A graduate of Sheridan’s Illustration Program, Helen has been making art for more than 40 years. Her main focus is on Figurative work – creating Expressionistic drawings and paintings that speak to movement, energy and the deeply personal.
Helen’s Figurative work always begins with drawing from live Artists’ models – looking for the elusive ‘something’ that carries the work beyond the skill of the drawing. It is mostly created in-session, using models with whom she has worked closely over many years. She sometimes brings in outside elements – found imagery, which is then incorporated into the work to create narrative.
Helen also works with Paper Engineering as counter-point to her drawing and painting, creating Abstract Pop-Up sculptures incorporating hand-painted papers and collage.
Helen is a member of the Etobicoke Art Group, Neilson, Park Creative Centre, and Visual Arts Mississauga. She works as an Art Instructor with Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Arts Mississauga and Haliburton School of Art and Design. Most recently, Helen had one of her Pop Up Sculptures (Catching Joy) purchased by U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
Helen’s websites are: eaglewoodstudios.blogspot.ca
Her work can also be seen on Facebook at Helen McCusker Artist and on Instagram.
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