Helen Cottle was born in bay side Williamstown, Victoria, she is a self-taught/self-educated artist who paints in all mediums in a realist/impressionist style. Influenced strongly by many of the early Australian Artists and has a particular passion for landscape however she enjoys many varied subjects.
Helen is currently working as a professional Artist/Art educator in the Macedon Ranges north/west of Melbourne which has been her home for the past 30 years. She is a popular and sought after tutor/teacher currently conducting classes and workshops in various regions throughout Australia. She tutors adults students in drawing, watercolour and acrylic painting. She believes that having a fascination with the effects of light on a subject and observing life’s intriguing details everyday scenes can be transformed into dynamic and interesting works of art. Helen’s career began as an Artist and Art educator, with no formal training, just an eagerness to continue to learn and then pass on her gained knowledge to others, encouraging them to enjoy the wonderful world of art Helen has conducted several workshops for the National Gallery of Victoria and has been a tutor for many art venues across Australia. She has held numerous solo and combined exhibitions and won may awards and art prizes. In 2019 Helen was a finalist in the prestigious Len Fox Painting Award at the Castlemaine Art Museum. She was also a finalist in the Australian watercolour Muster and therefore her work was chosen to be included in the Fabrianoinaquarello festival in Italy 2020/21. In 2021 she was also a finalist in the Lethbridge Landscape prize and the Lethbridge 20000 art award.
She joined as a co-op member of the Little Gallery Trentham in 2015 and has her work permanently on display in the gallery. Works can also be viewed by appointment in her Gisborne studio/gallery and in various other Galleries, exhibitions and venues.