Paintings by Hellen

~~ Fine Art Gourds ~~

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Chandler, TX
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.
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Paintings by Hellen ® Chandler,TX 75758
Updated: February 27, 2015
Viewers as of February 27, 2015:  66,400
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.  She prepares her fine art on gourds utilizing her carving, painting pyrographingwoodburning,  closed coiling, and pine needle coiling skills. She adds a more modern look to her work using metal coating and various partinas.   She incorporates antlersbeads, 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 paintingpine needle coilingwoodburning, and closed coiling. Since she applies her techniques on all her gourds, visit each page in order to view all her gourd art.
Her style of woodburning faux leather tooling on gourds has become extremely popular in the gourd world. She wrote an instructional book that has allowed many gourd artists to learn this technique. Many of these artists have applied this technique with their own style that has thrilled her. Visit the Western page to view Hellen's faux leather tooling style and instructional books page to view the tooling books she has available.
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 some of them with colored pencils that appear to be painted.  She has also started adding warriors so they would have a companion. 
To add an additional American Indian design to her gourd art, she added the closed coiling to the rims.  It was so well received she wrote an instructional booklet of how to do the process so other gourd artists could enjoy this technique.
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.
2015 Teaching Schedule 
doesn't include private lessons

Wuertz Gourd Festival
Location:  Pinal Fairgrounds
                 2487 East Hwy 287
                 Casa Grande, AZ 85194
Date:   February 6-7, 2015
Date of Classes:    February 6-9, 2014 
Classes are a BIG secret until Wuertz makes them available to sign up on the web site.  Class registration begins November 13, 2014 at 8 AM.  Class preview will be emaield to those on their email list on November 11, 2014.  If you are not on their email list, sign up using their form on their web page.  I will say they really have some great classes and some great events planned.

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..
My Little Chickadee
(Color Pencil)
Class #:  GC-102
    Thursday 2/5 ... 9:30-1:00     FULL
Class #: GC-216
     Friday  2/6 ...  9:30-1:00       FULL

Faux Western Tooling
Class #:  GC-108
    Thursday 2/5 ... 1:30-5:00     FULL
Class #: GC-444
     Sunday 2/8 ...  10:30-2:00    FULL

Monarch & Hibicus
(Colored Pencil)
Class #:  GC-221
    Friday  2/6 ... 1:30-5:00        FULL

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