Helen Cottle

Oil Landscape by Helen Cottle

Date:13 Jan, 2015

Skills:all mediums, acrylic and mixed media

Artist:Helen Cottle


Helen Cottle

Helen Cottle was born in bay side Williamstown, Victoria in 1962, she is a self-taught/self-educated artist who paints in all mediums in a realist/impressionist style. Helen’s artistic life began in early childhood; she would spend many hours drawing from life always seeking new subject matter.

What began as a part time hobby over time evolved into a passion to express herself creativity in whatever medium called on to compliment the chosen subject.

Helen CottleHelen was greatly encouraged by her high school art teachers to pursue a career in art and teaching; however she decided not to continue on and study art at university but decided to follow her own path of self education and exploration. She attended local art groups and began seeking out tutors to further her technical knowledge and understanding of certain mediums. She has been inspired by various artists past and present, choosing the works of Arthur Streeton, John Singer-Sargent, Harold Herbert closely studying their brushstrokes and techniques. Initially she experimented and then concentrated on oil painting for 5 years and eventually changed focus and decided to specialise in watercolour for which extended for the next 20years.

Helen has recently moved into acrylic and mixed media. No matter which medium is chosen, she believes that having a fascination with the effects of light on a subject and observing life’s intriguing details, everyday views can be transformed into dynamic and interesting works of art.

Helen’s career began as an Artist and Art educator, with no formal training, just an eagerness to continue to learn and then pass on her gained knowledge to others, encouraging them to enjoy the world of art.

Helen is currently working as a professional Artist/Art educator in the Macedon ranges north/west of Melbourne. She is a popular and sort after tutor/teacher. Helen currently conducts classes and workshops in various regions, teaching drawing and painting in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.

Awards and prizes [Abridged]


  • Best Watercolour Woodend Lions Exhibition


  • Best watercolour Kilmore art expoBest Watercolour Altona rotary Art show


  • Best local Artist Woodend lions Art show
  • 2nd Oil Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art show
  • Best Watercolour Kiwanis Art show


  • Deans Art award,Camberwell Rotary Art Show
  • Best WatercolourBacchus Marsh Rotary Art show


  • Best in Show Kiwanis Art Show, Sunbury
  • Best Watercolour, Kiwanis Art Show Sunbury
  • Highly Commended &Sponsors Choice Altona Rotary Art show
  • Best Local Content & People’s Choice Award, Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show
  • Highly Commended, Kilmore Arts Expo

Helen on the web: www.helencottle.com.au