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Helen Baker

Artist member since 2021
Kingston, Ontario

Helen Baker is a Canadian abstract painter living in Kingston, Ontario. She is also a local activist that aims to raise awareness about mental illness by donating to the Kingston Defeat Depression campaign.

After Helen finished her Classical Studies degree at Queen’s University (B.A. Hons 2009), she was diagnosed with depression. Since then, she has learned to channel the suffering into her art.

Furthermore, after two successful art shows in the fall of 2020, the first in Kingston and then another in Belleville, she has begun painting daily. She has an affinity for vibrant colours and long flowing lines. Helen is also inspired by the effect of stained glass, as it combines the interplay between colour and light. She also often combines both acrylic and oil paints on the same canvas, as she enjoys how fusing both mediums creates a multidimensional effect.

Nowadays, Helen paints by a window with lots of sunlight and classical music. When not painting, she loves spending time with her two hound dogs, Molly and Talullah, as well as swimming all summer long in Lake Ontario. Helen is also a certified yoga teacher, and she has taught throughout Canada and Australia.

Even now, Helen struggles with the stigma people with mental illnesses often face, so when she found out about the Kingston Defeat Depression campaign, a program that raises funds for mental health services in her community like Resolve Counselling Canada, she knew she had to help out. Now she has found a way to give back to her community by donating 10% of her painting sales to this cause she feels extremely passionate about.

Helen’s goal is to inspire hope and put out some much needed good into the world.

Above all, she believes that if art can help lessen her pain, it can help others as well.


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Q+A

Favourite movie

Gladiator

Why is art important to you?

Art is important to me because I create all my pieces in a meditative state, bringing to the canvas a tapestry of emotion. Also, because I have faced the challenges of depression, I have learned to channel the suffering into making art.

Favourite artist(s) right now

Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Caravaggio

Beverage of choice

Coffee

How long have you been creating art?

I’ve been creating art on and off since early childhood. Although I have no formal art training, I would often draw abstract pictures with markers and pencil crayons whenever I felt inspired. However, I only began painting with acrylics and oils when COVID began, as I found painting helped ease the loneliness and isolation I suffered due to the pandemic.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Kingston Frameworks, Kingston
“Eye of the Beholder”

Select Past Exhibitions
2021

Bazaar Artisan Market, Belleville ON
The Stained Glass Collection

2020

Bazaar Artisan Market, Belleville ON
The Stained Glass Collection

2020

Kingston Coffee House, Kingston ON
The Stained Glass Collection

Accolades
2021

City of Kingston Arts Fund
Resiliency Grant

Press
2021

Global News
Kingston Artist Helps to Raise Funds for Mental Health Organization

Education
2009

Queen’s University
Classical Studies (B.A.Hons)

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