Helen L Bell is the featured artist at the Redlands Art Association Gallery from July15th through August 4th 2012.
After a double major in Art and English in college and a merit scholarship at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences in Savannah, Georgia the artist had a brief career in advertising. The artist continues to sharpen her skills and perception by taking university, museum and private courses on a continuing basis.
Arriving in California in the 70’s, the artist focused on contemporary work and had solo exhibits at Rizzoli International, South Coast Plaza; Zola Fine Art, Los Angeles; EOS Gallery, Redlands and the Sandstone Gallery, Laguna Beach California as well as others. She was represented for several years by Valerie Miller Fine Art, Palm Desert, California. Her work was chosen for the corporate rental program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and is in many corporate and private collections.
She prefers the challenge and excitement of capturing the moment. Her desire to document the 21 California Missions in oil led her to concentrate her painting en plein air. Each mission was visited and painted on site. The Mission Series had a successful exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum in 2003-2004 and at Mission San Juan Capistrano in 2005. Recently, her work was chosen by the Board of the Riverside Art Museum for a poster and Giclees to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the museum’s building by architect Julia Morgan.
The artist is a juried member of the prestigious National Association of Women Artists founded in 1889, has been chosen for inclusion in Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in America. She has served on the boards of both the Riverside Art Museum and the Redlands Art Association, is a member of the California Art Club, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and an active member of the Southern California Plein Air Association and the Plein Air Artists of Riverside. She can be contacted at her studio.