Helen Goldsmith

H e l e n   G o l d s m i t h

Vincent and Canna Lilies

Since moving from Sydney to the northern coast of New South Wales, I have embraced my new surroundings with a different approach in my watercolour techniques. My subjects include plein air landscapes and seascapes, as well as figurative and still life subjects. Currently, I find great fulfilment in tutoring and guiding others with my passion for the transparency of watercolour.

Having demonstrated a flair for art at an early age, Helen Goldsmith was encouraged by her parents to paint and draw. This led to a period of study at the National Art School in 1953. Subsequently, she worked in advertising, doing illustrations for newspapers and magazines. She considers that the discipline of commercial work during those earlier years provided an excellent foundation in the areas of observation and detail. Although proficient in all mediums, she is particularly recognised for her watercolours.

Goldsmith has been awarded more than 130 first prizes in all mediums, including the  Peter Stuyvesant 1000 for four consecutive years; the 1991 Combined Art Societies of Sydney Artist of the Year Award; the Camberwell Coles 5000 in 1991 and 1992 and the 1999 New South Wales Royal Art Society Medal of Distinction. Her work was selected to be hung in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) exhibitions in 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

She has travelled extensively, painting throughout Europe and the islands of Samoa, and has been invited to conduct workshops throughout Australia and overseas, as well as to judge competitions around Australia. Her work is held in corporate and private collections Australia-wide.

Goldsmith has illustrated three books, notably I Once Met a Man by R. M. Williams and The Harp in the South and Poor Man’s Orange by Ruth Park. A number of her articles have been published in Australian Artist, Artists’ Palette, International Artist and various other art magazines.

A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1991, she is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales.

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