Helen Rietz’ works capture the historic sites and iconic images of a disappearing American West. Working in watercolor, she brings a vivid palette and attention to detail. Her art distinguishes itself from typical watercolor painting by its clear, strong compositions and striking realism.
Seeking to paint in an untypical watercolor style, Helen has trained primarily through a series of mentors, ranging from Montana artist Carol Novotne to George Bumann, wildlife artist and sculptor in Yellowstone National Park. She attributes her particular sense of composition to Ian Roberts, author of the books “Mastering Composition” and “Creative Authenticity.” For her skill in watercolor realism, she credits Alan Shuptrine a Tennessee based artist with a national follower. They paint together at regular intervals, both in Montana and in Tennessee.
Among the most influential workshop teachers in Helen’s development are watercolor artists Gayle Weisfield and Jessica Bryant, and the celebrated wildlife artist and sculptor George Bumann.
Helen and her husband Richard married shortly after graduate school, lived for many years in Northern California, and now reside in Helena, Montana.