"I like woodcuts, lithography and etching; here are examples of each medium. Lately I have been doing a series of animals, mostly cats and birds. Using a repeatable matrix to make different versions of the same image (or combined images), called monoprints, is one of the things I most enjoy about printmaking." - Helen Cantrell
Helen Cantrell is a Connecticut-based artist and has shown work widely throughout New England. She was born in 1947 in Chicago. After some time at Washington University School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a typesetter, while attending the Art Students League on weekends and at night. After retiring, Helen moved to Connecticut and began making art fulltime, paint and also making her first prints at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in 1998. Helen eventually went back to art school, graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (SMFA at Tufts) with a Diploma Studio Arts in 2004. The printmaking teachers at SMFA were excellent in developing her printmaking skills, as was Jim Reed, master printer at Milestone Graphics. Helen's most recent one-person show was in 2019 at the White Gallery in the Litchfield Hills. Recent awards include Best in Show at the 2020 New Haven Paint & Clay Club members’ show, Best in Show at the Slater Museum’s 2019 Connecticut Artists Exhibition, and a special juror’s award from Willie Cole at the 2015 Boston Printmakers biannual. Currently Helen Cantrell is an artist member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, the Boston Printmakers, and the New Haven Paint & Clay Club.