Maria Helena is a young, up an coming artist who specialises in delicate, striking, contemporary watercolour painting. Rendered in exquisite detail, she creates stunning images of birds and nature.
Of her own work, she says: "I create passionate, utopian interpretations of nature in watercolour. With time, I have grown fonder of wild places and wild creatures. I have two homes, five thousand miles apart – one a heathery corner of Northern Scotland, the other a tropical island in the Bahamas; luckily, both are bountiful in wildness.
I challenge myself to capture the drama and subtleties of beauty in nature; to make the watercolours dance with the subject on the paper creating a window into a dreamworld where the light is brighter, the shadows are darker, the colours are more vivid and beauty more pronounced.
The responsive and buildable qualities of watercolour lend themselves perfectly to my intricate style of watercolour painting: I strive for controlled movement, confident brushwork and intense colour-work – resulting in isolated studies that are bright with joie de vivre. These are bold artworks for the confident owner."