Featured Artist for April – June: Diki Van Helsland

THE ART OF DIKKI VAN HELSLAND

Dikki Van Helsland’s goal is to create works that intrigue with color and bring an emotional response within the viewer. At this time she focuses her efforts on the southwest cactus flowers and horses.

While her basic art ability is self­developed, Van Helsland graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Fine Arts Degree from Old Dominion University, Virginia. She attended the World Batik Conference. Her work experience includes design, silkscreen, and faux art for an interior restoration company as well as private residences; large murals, commissions and batik house portraits.

Batik, with its distinctive crackle pattern, is the art of creating images on cloth using dye and melted wax as a resist. As colors are dyed into the cloth they are either preserved with the
resist or merged with other dye colors to create an almost endless range of colors.
Van Helsland has won numerous awards, shown in galleries throughout the US and exhibited in Europe. Her work is in private collections in the U.S., France, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Greece, and in the Phillip Morris and Hughes Corporation art collections.

Born in Hungary, the artist lived in Germany for a few years prior to arriving in the United States with her family in 1950. The arts were important and very evident throughout her childhood
Dikki Van Helsland’s art is represented by Desert Artisans Gallery and Art House Centro in Tucson, Gallery of Dreams in St. David, and the Tubac Center of the Arts.¬†