Artist Helen Wood

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Helen Wood, a resident of Bethesda, MD, holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in computer science. She began her career at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, later moving to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In January 2012, after retiring from NOAA, she began studying drawing, followed by watercolor and then pastel. She is a member of the Rockville Art League, Montgomery Art Association, Maryland Pastel Society, Laurel Art Guild, and Friends of the Yellow Barn.  Helen’s work has been well received in local art exhibits and by private collectors. She studied with Jean Hirons and other  internationally recognized pastel artists.
Artist Statement
I paint in pastel. It provides a wonderful medium for conveying light, color, shape, and their interplay to create mood. My subjects vary across landscape, still life, and the occasional animal.  I use photographs as a point-of-departure for my paintings and try to capture the essence of the subject without all the detail.  From my early childhood I watched my mother paint. Helen Busey Wood was a professional artist and teacher who worked primarily in oils.  She encouraged me to draw and paint, but I didn’t pursue either until I retired from my career in science and technology. Now, painting is my passion. I find great joy in the creative process and the opportunity to share my work.
Selected Shows

26th Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Juried Members' Show (online)
Rockville Art League Juried Members Winter Show (online)
"Creative Expressions" Montgomery Art Association Members Show (judged). Online (due to pandemic) June 2-29.
Rockville Art League Juried Members Spring Show, Online (due to pandemic). 
Montgomery Art Association Members Show, Oasis Art Gallery, Bethesda, MD and online.  (Show Manager)


25th Annual Friends of the Yellow Barn Juried Members' Show 
Rockville Art League Juried Members Winter Show
Montgomery Art Association Brookside Gardens Members Show, Wheaton, MD 
Women’s [...]

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