At an early age, I knew my calling was that of an artist. In school, my teachers would call me “Helga the dreamer”;
I would rather look at the interplay of light and shadow under the trees than play with the other children during recess
Interior design attracted me, but post-war Germany would not allow females into a then male-dominated field, leaving me
to become a dental assistant. In 1962 I immigrated to the United States and settled in California. Immediately I started to attend
art workshops and classes. Over the years, I have studied with many artists, including Ralph Hasenbein,
Ruth Basler-Burr and Margot Lennartz.
My home & garden became my “artistic expressions”. In my minds-eye, I was “seeing” and painting – shades of different colors
in a field, greens in a park, reflections on water, the flow of a steam or the vastness of the sky.
When the time was right the easel was set up again and my career as a painter took off. My subject: nature; its serenity, beauty,
spirituality and mysticism. My style: a cross between realism and impressionism. My medium: oil paint. I have exhibited my
work in numerous shows.
I do not paint to make statements about societal ills or my most inner feelings about life. I paint the beauty I see around me and
hope each work speaks to the viewer without the need for a lesson-plan or manual, and make the viewer smile
I do not paint to make statements about societal ills or my most inner feelings about life. I paint the beauty I see around me and hope each work speaks to the viewer without the
need for a lesson-plan or manual, and make the viewer smile. Helga Ohannesian