Helen Cantrell


I love all forms of printmaking, from copperplate editions to woodcut to monotypes. I just completed a three-day “master class” with painter and monotype master Stuart Shils at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT. I currently work with Barbara Harder at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, and recently completed a “Big Ink” print session with Lyell Castaguey in Providence (did a 3 foot by 6 foot woodcut). I do monotypes both with and without an underlying matrix; one of the most fascinating things about printmaking to me is the ability to do variations around a structure. Suburban, semi-rural, contemporary structures and landscapes attract me.


I’ve been printmaking and painting full-time for the past 16 years, since retiring from work as a typesetter in New York City. Attended Washington University School of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO, from 1966-1968, then the Art Students League in NYC, returning to school and graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2004, with a focus on printmaking. I show my work throughout New England, and have been accepted into the Boston Printmakers Biennial and several of Silvermine’s annual Art of the Northeast exhibitions. Galleries include Lionheart Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY, the Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT, SM Home in Greenwich, CT.