Abstract painter Helen Shulman’s (b. Ohio 1941) immediacy with the natural environment is reflected in her resonant oil and mixed media paintings, where often the notion of landscape is conjured.
Her process begins with an underpainting, gradually built upon with complex layers of color purposefully scraped and sanded at various stages to create depth and contrast. Compositionally, Shulman’s paintings suggest influences by the Hudson River School painters and Richard Diebenkorn’s distinct geometric style.
Shulman’s work has exhibited throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard and has been featured in Art New England Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly, Brunswick, ME. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center among others.
Shulman earned an MA in Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside and her MSW from Simmons College in Boston. In 1989 Shulman’s focus turned to painting full time with extensive studio studies at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art.