Paintings by Hellen
~~ Fine Art Gourds ~~
Southwest ~ Native American Indian Inspired ~ Wildlife ~ Western
Faux Leather Tooling ~ Pyrography Woodburning ~ Power Carving
Pine Needle Coiling ~ Closed Coiling ~ Antlers ~ Acrylic Painting
Colored Pencil Painting ~ Metal Coating & Patinas
Instructional Gourd Books ~ Gourd Classes ~ Gourd Retreats
Because there are many gourd artists who are unable to attend classes, she decided to write gourd instructional books that will teach her techniques and share tips of information she has learned. These books are very detailed and have Illustrations and/or step-by-step photos with written instructions. Hellen has taught students from Holland, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Germany, and USA. She travels to many states to teach at gourd festivals and retreats as well as teaches private lessons in her home. Each student receives a booklet with step-by-step photos/illustrations and detail written instructions to take home with them just in case they forget what they learned.
Paintings by Hellen ® 2121 Hickory Hollow Rd, Chandler,TX 75758
Updated: July 18, 2014
Viewers as of July 17, 2014: 62,094
Galleries Representing Hellen
NOTE: I recently removed my pieces from my galleries for various reasons. I've been approached by several galleries in different states who would like represent me. Look for new locations to see my art in 2014 and 2015.
The designs within this web site are original designs of Hellen Martin.
Under NO circumstances may they be used or reproduced in any form.
Hellen Martin is a national/international gourd artist who prepares fine art utilizing her carving, painting, pyrographing, woodburning, closed coiling, and pine needle coiling skills. She adds a more modern look to her work using metal coating and various partinas. She incorporates antlers, beads, and walnut slices on her pieces. Her gourd art is unique and shows her love of her work and her Blackfoot and Comanche heritage. She has won numerous awards for her painting, pine needle coiling, woodburning, and closed coiling. Since she applies her techniques on all her gourds, visit each page in order to view all her gourd art. Hellen's Indian Maidens are one of her trademarks. Her maidens are known for having no facial features and vivid colored robes. Most of the Indian maidens are painted, but she has also started doing them with colored pencils that appear to be painted. She has also started adding warriors so they would have a companion. The Indian maidens are her favorite pieces to do.
NOTE: Rivets can NOW be purchased from my Instructional Book page.
I live outside of Chandler, TX which is about 22 miles from Tyler, TX. If you are interested in taking private lessons, give me a call ... 817-907-3320 .... and we will work out a schedule convenient for you. Private lessons are great because you get one-on-one attention, use my supplies/woodburner/carver before you actually purchase products, and printed information.
Hellen Martin's 2014 Teaching Schedule
doesn't include private lessons
Apache Junction, AZ - Workshop
Location: Star Valley Ranch
Apache Junction, AZ
Date: February 6, 2014
Class: Faux Western Leather Tooling
Wuertz Gourd Festival
Location: Pinal Fairgrounds
2487 East Hwy 287
Casa Grande, AZ 85194
Date: February 7-9, 2014
Date of Classes: February 6-9, 2014
Classes: Faux Western Tooling, Southwest Mountains, and Carving Leaves with two Burs
Texas Gourd Festival ..... NEW LOCATION & DATE
Location: New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
New Braunfels, TX
Date: August 15-17, 2014
Date of Classes: August 14-17, 2014
Hellen's Classes are:
NOTE: Hellen will only be taking a few walk-ins so sign up before the deadline.
Hellen did Old World Santas that became collector pieces. She stopped doing them because she became so involved with the Southwest and Native American inspired pieces.
Well, she received many requests over the last year asking her to do more. Honestly, she missed doing them very much.
This is her first Santa for 2014 .... Russian Santa .... to start her collection again. She did this piece before, but this one is actually done differently.
As soon as she does more, she will make a separate page for them..
Faux Western Leather Tooling
Colored Pencils Chickadee
Textured - Metal Coating - Patina
Carving Leaves with ONLY Two Burs
Option 1: Textured and NO sanding
Option 2: Smoother Surface and light sanding
Friday, August 15 ... 8 am to 12 Noon
Colored Pencil a Chickadee
Friday, August 15 .... 1 pm to 5 pm
Faux Western Leather Tooling
Saturday, August 16 ..... 8 am to 2 pm