Edwards, Helen



Following a long career as a Primary and Special Schools teacher Helen began painting professionally in 1992. She has become known for her works in pastel and only recently returned to her first medium of oils. She finds inspiration for her work in many subjects but is always most inspired by the quality of light and its ability to moderate the atmosphere of a painting. However also very evident in much of Helen’s work is her passion for painting and drawing the human form and it is this passion which has lead to her current and very intense interest in portraiture, a genre of work to which she attributes the highest integrity.


Helen Edwards with her portrait of Raelene Sharp 2014

Helen Edwards with her portrait of Raelene Sharp 2014


During her painting career Helen has been the recipient of over 60 first prizes

2001 – The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship in 2001 and

2005 – The Shirley Hannan Portrait Award




Helen Edwards has held 12 solo exhibitions and is represented by 3 commercial galleries in Victoria and South Australia

Her paintings in pastel and oils currently sell for prices ranging from $500 to $4,500.




Helen has been four times a finalist in Victorian “Artist Of The Year” Award exhibition.

2000 – 2014 – The Australian Guild of Realist Artists –  “Aspects Of Excellence”

2012 – 2011 – 2009 – finalist Black Swan – Perth

2012 – Archibald salon de Refuses

2008 – Finalist A.M.E. Bale Art Award Glen Eira City Gallery Melbourne.

2001 – finalist A.M.E. Bale Travel Grant Melbourne


Helen Edwards with her portrait at the 2011 opening at VAS Melbourne