Inspiring landscape paintings by Tracy Helgeson

Nov 11, 2009

I dream of owning a little rustic cabin in the woods one day.  And right above the stone fireplace in the cabin will hang one of Tracy Helgeson's paintings.  I can picture it now- me, all cozied up in a blanket, crocheting, and periodically looking up at one of Helgeson's beautiful works.  Sigh.

I happened upon Helgeson's works on the internet earlier this year, and I became an instant fan.  I love the simple landscapes, the dreamy colors, and the textured layers.  One of my favorite paintings of hers is the Long Sky.  It captures so perfectly that brief moment when the sun is just below the horizon line and nature's glories are revealed to an audience of one.

Long Sky, oil on birch panel, 20 in. x 40 in., 2008.  Carrie Haddad Gallery.

Inspired by the scenic surroundings near her home in upstate New York, most of the subjects in Helgeson's paintings are of barns, roads, and treelines.  Her larger works are currently featured in several galleries throughout the East Coast, and her smaller pieces can be found on her website.  I adore this 6 in. x 6 in. piece, White Barns, that was just posted a few weeks ago.  Lovely!

White Barns, oil on cradled panel, 2009. 

Into the Catskills, 18 in. x 9 in., The Harrison Gallery.

Last Bit of the Day, 14 in. x 11 in, 2009. Carrie Haddad Gallery.


Tina Anderson said...

*sigh. Thank you for that lovely moment of repose, Cathy.

Craig said...

Nice. Can't tell if I am imagining things but they feel Edward Hopper-ish only for landscapes.

Cathy said...

Helgeson's works seem more painterly to me than Hopper's, but I can see a comparative use of dramatic lighting in the last work.

Craig Daniels said...

There is a certain flatness too that I notice.

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