The expressive, raw, textural, gestural strokes of color used by Helen Closs, portray glimpses of emotional states and moments of compassion, or something entirely different!
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 interesting and new, either in the paint, meaning, or any other result.
These unplanned surprises fascinate and draws one into the work. Your attention, imagination, and time is required to see, feel, and assign meaning. Spend some quiet time with them and you may see something new or learn about yourself!
Helen's hope is that the work will spark conversation and creativity in others.
Closs' work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Gestural Abstraction. Specific painters who have influenced her the most are Hans Hofmann, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Soutine, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Rouault.