Helen Burroughs has a versatile palette and enjoys painting in three mediums: oil pastel flowers which provide a sense of joy; oil landscapes for peaceful meditation; and the excitement and challenge of creating abstract acrylics. She is a native of California, a graduate of the University of California and has traveled the world as part of her career in international trade. Burroughs lives in Northern Virginia and has a studio on the Northern Neck in Virginia.
Her work has been shown in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Indiana and California. She is a member of the Colonial Beach Artists Guild, Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts and the Northern Neck Artisan Trail.
“When I am painting flowers I feel infused with a sense of joy. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said "The Earth Laughs in Flowers". Flowers have been a symbol of peace and goodwill for centuries, representing the essence of both human and spiritual realms.
”Flowers are universal, enjoyed by everyone, whatever their ethnicity or nationality, and promote peace and unity. In the human realm, for me, transcending boundaries signifies accepting and feeling comfortable with the "self" plus kinship, unity and love between individuals. BPO International has inspired over 25 countries to select a flower that symbolizes the best quality of their people. The International World Peace Rose Garden Program helps youth recognize the importance and value of peace.
“I quote Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.
Stylish Lady was created using oil pastel. The soft creamy consistency of the oil pastel medium was created for Pablo Picasso in 1949 by the French company Sennelier. The medium has a brilliant palette of over 120 colors and is blended by hand rather than using a brush.”