Expressive, thick strokes of color used by Helen Closs are are at once architectural and figurative. Titles can be used as a guide, however your own imagination needs to be engaged to make the work meaningful to you.
To create these works she uses a palette knife to blend and move paint in an intuitive manner, hoping for surprises to occur that are beautiful, may it be in the paint, the meaning, or any other result.
These unplanned surprises in particular need your attention and time to see and assign meaning . So sit back and spend some quiet time with them!
Helen's hope is that somehow they will add beauty, energy, something to think about, and / or that they will inspire someone else to create something that bring them as much joy as this work does to her.
Closs' work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Expressionism. Specific painters who have influenced her the most are Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Soutine, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Rouault.