Helen R. Klebesadel
"My visual concerns run the gamut from careful study to poetic, symbolic and sometimes political representations of nature and human nature."
Helen R. Klebesadel is best known for her environmental and women centered watercolors. Her paintings push the traditional boundaries of the medium in scale, content, and technique. Helen's watercolors range in size from the intimate to the monumental.
Helen creates paintings that are transparent watercolors on paper. She starts with detailed drawings and develops the images with layer upon layer of color washes and dry brush technique mixed with occasional areas of wet-into-wet spontaneity.
Helen Klebesadel earned her BS and MFA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lecturing about and teaching art in colleges and workshops for two decades, she continues to learn from her art experiences and her students.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Watercolor Wisconsin (merit award), Racine, WI, Racine Art Museum, 2008
Nature Inside Out, Madison, WI, Grace Chosy Gallery, 2007
Crossroad, New York City, NY, Rhonda Schaller Gallery, , 2007
Beaux and Ero, Belmont, CA, Peninsula Museum of Art, 2006
The Birds, Bees, Flowers, and Trees, Calumet, MI, Vertin Gallery, 2009
Collection, Madison Area Technical College, Madson, WI, 2005
Collection, Ellen & Peter Johnson HospiceCare, Madison, WI, 2007
Collection, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 2005
Collection, American Council on Education (ACE), , Washington D.C., 1998
Twelve Murals, Central Wisconsin Center, Madison, WI, 1980