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Helen Burkett, origionally from Arlington, VA, moved to Sarasota, FL in 1974, where she maintains her studio. She attended the University of Maryland, the Corcoran School of Art, and various study groups. She has studied with Frank Wright of Washington, DC, Valfred Thelin of Ogunquit, ME, William Packner of Woodstock, NY, and others.
Helen Burkett's paintings have won numerous awards and have been included in many exhibits including those sponsored by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Midwest Watercolor Society, the Southeastern Watercolorists, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Florida Watercolor Society, etc.
Helen and her work were the subject of the article "High Contrast Florals" in The American Artist (July 1996). Her painting "Vanilla Dream" is included in the April/May 2010 edition of The International Artist. She is included in Who's Who of American Women 1997...... and Who's Who in America 1998...... and was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Life Time Acheavment Award in 2019.
The main theme of her current work is an exploration in transparent watercolor of sunlight and shadow and the rhythm that evolves from the abstract design they create.
Her paintings are found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in both private and public collections including the Amoco Corp., Central Florida Unversity, Disney Corp., Epsom Clinic, Florida Department of State, Florida Hospital Center, Ford Motor Company, Hayfield Mansion, Orlando Sentinel, Polk Museum, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (main lobby), and the Winter Park Memorial Hospital.