Helen Rockel - New Zealand Artist

About the Artist

My desire to draw and paint goes back as far as I can remember. The pursuit of this interest resulted in my attending the Canterbury School of Fine Arts, where I graduated in 1971 with Honours in Painting. Since then, I have exhibited consistently in solo and group shows, and my work is held in private and public collections.

My work has always been strongly figurative, with its focus often being the personal and universal experience of living. I worked with mythological material throughout the nineties, believing that these stories still resonate in today's experiences. More recently, I have found themes arising from passages that assume prominence for me while reading. I enjoy the challenge of working with ideas that evolve from this and value the skills that I am able to use in their interpretation.

~ Helen Rockel, 2007