Helen Hyde

Helen Hyde

I live in Bath and construct my work from home. My surroundings are important to me and I am incredibly fortunate to be encircled by woods, fields and beautiful views.

Since childhood I have always loved playing with paints and textiles and I seek to explore new techniques, not to be daunted by the blank canvas or have creativity crippled by insisting on perfection, but to continue to play. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Pablo Picasso.

Currently I am experimenting with wax, water and heat on paper and material to create variations in the colours and textures. I am also learning how to incorporate machine embroidery.

I am inspired by shifting light, colour, shapes and patterns; light filtering through leaves. The surface and detail of rock pools, stones, lichen. Antique textiles; functional but treasured possessions crafted by skilled artisans, also influence my work because of their colours, patterns, symbols and decorative simplicity.

Many of my images include circles. For me they represent eternity and God’s act of Creation. Circles are natural, we see them everywhere, the sun, moon, stars, planet earth. Somehow the shape of a circle draws the viewer into whatever symbolic message the centre may hold.

I use a variety of techniques and materials to create images but I am particularly fascinated by wax, used both on material and paper. On material the wax saturates the surface and an incandescent effect materialises, reminiscent of a stained glass window. On paper it creates lustre.

My faith is an essential part of my life, and infuses my art. C S Lewis expresses it far better than I ever could; “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Currently my aim is to create meaningful art that causes people to pause from their everyday busy lives and contemplate more than materialism; to appreciate the beauty of nature. My desire is to create beautiful art in a place that allows respite from inner turmoil or grief in order to transcend and transport people somewhere calm and sacred, if only for a moment.

My work has been used in a variety of venues, including a prison, church, a local village passion play and healing centre.