Nick Banks


Fabuloso! It's just your take on a subject, Helen, very individual.

Love all the different colours you’ve used. Great portrait.

Lovely work. I like the vivid use of colour.

Wonderful portrait with fantastic tonal values Helen.

Great portrait Helen, brilliant lighting and colours.

My mother (also paints) asked me once how I 'see' so many colours, so I tried to explain that I use whatever colour I want and then just light/dark. (I'm really not very good at describing this or that colour!)... so a few weeks later, she rang and said she'd tried out my 'method' on one of her paintings..., 'It looks good from a distance', she commented, 'in another room with the door closed'...!

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I painted this in 2014 and it was my first portrait painting. I painted this as an entry into Sheffield's 'Art in the Gardens' portrait competition. Each year they provide the subject, and you choose a photo from their selection to work from (taken by a professional photographer). 50cm square, acrylic on box canvas

About the Artist
Helen Martell

I've been painting (acrylics) for about 10 years, after going on a painting day with my mother. I guess I've always been creative (it's in the family genes), not always with paint. Over the decade it started mainly with pet portraits, as word got around my workplace that my stuff wasn't too bad..…

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