Helen Barnard moved to Tasmania in 2011 and was enchanted and inspired by the beautiful and unique flora and fauna on the fascinating wild island. It evoked a curiosity and a desire to explore and understand the new landscape and it’s inhabitants.
Helen picked up a brush after years of neglecting to remember the enjoyment spent as a child drawing the natural world. Her first sell-out show at Wild Island in 2016 was titled ‘Once Upon a Branch’ and focused on Tasmanian birds. The delicately detailed works and delightfully, gentle feathered-characters endeared them to her audience.
Now, in ‘Small Island, Big Sea’, Helen continues to explore the island, turning her attention to the under-water world of Tasmania’s rich and varied sea-life. Each creature is captured in exquisite detail, with individual scales delineated by her deft hand. Helen found herself captivated by the characters of the deep after taking up diving and she talks passionately about the world she has recently discovered. Weedy sea dragons and a variety of weird and wonderful fish have captured her imagination and inspired this stunning new body of work.
The artists’s intention is to be able to share some of the excitement she has felt in exploring Tasmanian waters, by taking a closer look and really celebrating the underwater world. Discover what lies beneath the surface in this exhibition of Tasmania’s marine life brought to life by Helen’s brush and unique vision.
2018 'Small Island, Big Sea'
The Little Wren - cards and prints