|in Buchanan, Virginia won best in show at the 31st annual League of
Roanoke Artists Showcase at Jefferson Center in Roanoke.
|Helen Hubler, a
founding member of
Gallery by the James
|The winning piece titled "Compassion" is one of the many thoughtful
and contemplative paintings included in Helen's body of work. Her
careful attention to detail captures form as well as substance, evoking
a strong, and often times introspective, emotional response.
|You can see more of Helen Hubler's work inside the gallery.
There you can also purchase her prints and quality note cards.
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|I have painted and drawn in graphite (pencil)
be where I want to be but that’s not so. I’m still
happily struggling to make paintings that
capture people’s likenesses and some of their
soul. I happily struggle to depict buildings that
interest me as well. Somewhere between my
desire to capture what I see I get sidetracked
and I detour into art! I never quite capture the
realism, never quite get exactly what I want but
sometimes, just sometimes, good paintings
result. I work on a small sun porch in the front
of my home. I sit right by the window as the
light streams in from 10 AM to 4 PM two or
three days a week. I love the challenge of my
work and I feel fulfilled after a good day of
painting. I hope you will come by for a visit and
to see my efforts.
- Helen Hubler
|Helen's work will be
on display at radio
station WVTF in
May, June, and July
|Although portrait painting has been around since
the earliest civilizations, today we have a better
understanding of their significance and how
important it is that regular people have theirs
made. Portraits are a valuable lasting legacy and
family heirloom that 200 years from now will still
be treasured and admired.
|If you are interested in speaking with Helen about
having a portrait made, contact her for a consultation.
|The title of this drawing is called
Foreboding. The day I saw this print in
the Gallery, Helen was there. I wanted
to tell her I knew exactly what I was
looking at, but the words didn't come
out right. I said,
"These folks are Germans, right?"
Helen told me that these are German
Jews, passengers who boarded the St.
Louis in May of 1939 to flee the Nazi
Up until that moment, I had not heard
about the voyage of the St Louis and
its 937 passengers aboard.
Helen's thoughtful drawing and careful
depiction is a true testament of art that
remembers what we must never forget.
|Their story is part of our American history as well as Germany's, and the responsibility to
remember the holocaust and its millions upon millions of victims falls to everyone.
|“Those who cannot remember the past are
condemned to repeat it.”
Santayana (The Life of Reason, 1905)
|Picture from www.ushmm.org
|Helen recently spoke of her ability to accurately
depict the human face and how it has always
come naturally to her, and even though the true
likeness of each subject doesn't always happen on
her first try, she said she keeps at it until its right.
Helen works from photographs, so there are no
long and grueling hours of sitting for a portrait.
|What a wonderful gift to present to a
grandchild, a portrait of themselves
they will cherish all their lives and
pass on to their children and their
|Click on the picture to read their full story
|Mark your calendar for this
exciting special event
|In addition to Helen's sensitive
portraits, she also enjoys the
challenges of line and shadow
confronted when depicting
detailed architectural structures
on the canvas. Buildings,
especially old buildings, are
works of art in themselves, and
to put them to canvas is
something Helen does often.