It wasn’t until Helen van Stolk’s corporate high flying career in Retail Property began to interfere with the balance in her life that she started to truly understand the power of art and the freedom creativity brings.
In 2008, Helen transitioned into a full time artist. A decade later her career has launched into a whole new trajectory as she explores the magic of creating without boundaries – the art of playing, using more colour and working intuitively from within.
Helen shared a studio with Margie Johnson for four years and then with Lesley Charnock for a number of years. She has workshopped with Mary Visser, Jenny Parsons, American artists Martin Campos and Melinda Cootsona and immersed herself in the studio focusing on the figure and abstraction.
Her work has been exhibited at the Cape Gallery, Red the Gallery, The Bay Hotel, Art in the Yard, Franschoek and Kirstenbosch. She has been featured in magazine publications, was selected as a Veluka finalist at ArtB, has been awarded Fellowship of the South African Society of Artists and has won numerous awards.
Her work is in homes and collections all over the world.