Featured Artist for April – June: Diki Van Helsland
THE ART OF DIKKI VAN
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
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
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