My brother Jack has contributed snapshots of two more Helen Andersen pieces, for inclusion in the database of her works. He has them at his home in Vancouver.
Left: What Canadian tourist in the tropics hasn’t been intrigued by lizards on palm trees and even in their rooms. Helen recorded her impressions, probably in Hawaii, in 1980. Watercolour.
Right: There are some reflections in the frame’s glass and a couple of flashbulb highlights in this photo, but it shows Helen’s lifelong fascination with the arts of other cultures. This little airbrush piece represents an African carving that she no doubt owned. Characteristically, the composition defies conventional practice. The subject is off-centre and looks out of the frame.