Born in central New York State and raised in the intellectually rich household of a midwife and minister, Helen Werner Cox used her life-long passion for art to gain entrance into Boston University’s prestigious School of Fine Arts.
Trained as a classical painter and thoroughly grounded in visual arts and education, Helen made the choice to use her training to effectuate her second great passion in life – the affirmation of multiculturalism and access to quality education for those born into poverty. Helen taught and administered art and literacy programs for thirty years in several different environments, public and private, mostly in urban, high risk neighborhoods.
Following her retirement from teaching, Helen decided to actualize her training and talents as an artist. She graduated from the masters' program in the College of the Arts at California State University Long Beach in May, 2016.
Helen is driven to make art in order to document the beauty of the world around her and to confront her anxieties about world events over which she has no control. Primarily a painter, she works in oils, tempera, many different kinds of drawing materials. She also has an active interest in printmaking and wood carving.
Her first solo show was held at Utopia in Long Beach. Two of her carousel images are on permanent display at the Merry Go Round Museum in Sandusky, Ohio. She has been in numerous group shows around the country, the most recent at Kreft Gallery in Concordia University Ann Arbor, and the Bradbury Art Museum in Arkansas State University. Awards include: first place in the City of Brea Art Gallery, Made in California Juried Exhibition; Les Christensen Purchase Award, Delta National Small Prints Exhibition, Bradbury Art Museum; and second place in an international wood carving competition.
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot
So my own exploration has been, as I return to making art.