Have you always specialised in printmaking and painting? My major at University was in Fine Art History which gave me a wonderful perspective on the artist's role throughout history. It gave me insights to many different art forms and enabled me to really consider the technique whichwould suit me the most. I discovered that not many artists have pursued the monotype technique and have explored its possibilities ever since.
Tell us how you make monotype prints?
Making a monotype can be messy. I use a gelatine plate and roll a layer of gouache onto its surface. I place stencils made of paper or natural objects like leaves onto the painted surface and print using Japanese hosho paper (a thin rice paper). I build up the surface using many layers of paint. The final images are often textural and complicated.
What is it about this medium that you enjoy? It is the spontaneity and painterly aspect of the process which I most enjoy.
Your work is always beautifully framed, do you consider the framing an important part to the final work? Yes, the framing must be simple and complement the artwork. I always professionally frame my work using acid-free components which ensure its longevity.
How long have you been exhibiting as a full-time artist? I have been exhibiting since 2010 as a full-time artist. It is very difficult to even work part-time in a different job and still have a career as an artist.
~interview by Ahn Wells
Helene is currently exhibiting at Gallery 139 until Saturday 27 August. You can follow her on Instagram @heleneleaneartist, Like her on Facebook or visit www.heleneleane.com