Currently working in watercolour, Helen Otter relishes the opportunity to capture light and colour, in this charming, magical medium. She takes her inspiration from John Sell Cotman whose flat planes of colour, render light with simplicity, the tonal changes bringing any subject to life. Helen looks for light, colour and compositional structure in her subjects, finding these in abundance on the allotment, in the natural landscape, even café corners.
Helen Otter has exhibited in Norfolk, Suffolk, Gloucestershire and London, working both independently and in collaboration with other artists. She has worked in a variety of media including; paint, pencil, textiles, found objects, sound and video, producing installations and objects that reference site and context.
With a Masters degree in Fine Art from Norwich University of The Arts and as a qualified teacher of Art and Design, Helen continues to learn from inspirational watercolour tutors including Rob Dudley and Gilly Marklew. She reflects that the best learning and effects occur when the water flows, pigments mix freely and where the brush facilitates without taking over – a challenging collaboration.