A variety of styles over the years

One of the nicest things about the discovery of paintings by Helen Andersen is the fact that 3 decades of work are represented. This first one is from the 1960s. Quite a conventional study and subject… the Hotel Vancouver viewed from the Courthouse steps (with a very British lion).

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It’s an ink and wash drawing on brown paper. Vancouver was a fairly sleepy little town with few “important” buildings made of stone. Helen probably thought they were grand enough to deserve her attention. The drawing is quite big… about 17 ” wide and 23″ tall.

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Above: Dockside, by Helen Andersen. This watercolour is much looser but still representational. You can see the boards of the dock and the shapes of BC’s tall trees.

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James Island, by Helen Andersen. This is an airbrush painting of one of BC’s Gulf Islands. Last year, the owner of the island put it up for sale. Asking price: 75 million.

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