Helen Dodge was very young she realized that she loved art. It started with lots of doodling and sketching on most of her school work papers, and although teachers frequently complained they also found humor in the fact that even if her homework was not signed, it was obvious whose paper it was.
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Helen found herself sketching and drawing on anything and everything, from school books to newspapers to wrapping paper. After high school Helen attended El Camino College in Torrance California, and later received a BA degree from the University of California at Northridge. She majored in Theater Arts with a minor in Fine Arts. After graduation she moved to NYC where she pursued theater, doing off Broadway and regional theater. However, when she returned to California in the late 1960’s she was once again drawn to art. She left the theater but continued sketching, painting and drawing, albeit with no formal training, as often as she could.
Helen and her family moved to Seattle in the mid 1980’s and it was there that the opportunity to create art really materialized. She had a large space in which she could work without being disturbed, and although her early work was somewhat simple and almost naive, she was encouraged by friends and family to experiment and to continue. Acquiring an extensive library of art books provided Helen the opportunity to meticulously study while raising her family and working full time. Along with her professional career in film production, she managed to dedicate every spare moment to painting in her studio. As her passion grew, so did her inventory of finished work. As her passion grew, so did her inventory of finished work. Presently, Helen is actively involved in the Key Peninsula arts community, and has exhibited her paintings in art shows there the past 3 years.
Heavily influenced by the works of Matisse and Picasso, Helen is drawn to the use of vibrant color and abstract interpretations of that which she sees around her. Today, Helen feels that she learns with every brush stroke. Art of any kind remains her passion. She enjoys seeing it, learning about it, and most of all, doing it. If it is meant to be, she will be doing art and enjoying art for the rest of her life.
The work presented in “Passages” studies images of women in vignettes of daily life-both real and imagined. The decorative doors featured in this exhibit also represent passages. From one room to the next, from one stage in life and type of artistic expression to another.