Helen Utsal


My paintings are an expression of how I feel in Nature. Hiking and paddling, I cherish the quiet sounds and stillness. With my camera and my painter’s mind, I mark moments, capturing imagery of light shining bright and chartreuse on stirring leaves, or fat moss… shifting reflective light on the water… With paints, charcoal, and chalk I make paintings to express the many moods of the forests, lakes and rivers and my sense of awe. This is a sacred kind of inspiration for me.

As an artist, it is my privilege to witness and reflect the exceptional Canadian landscape that manages to convey both an ancient power and newborn vitality.


Helen Utsal – Biography

Helen earned her BFA at Concordia University, in Montreal

After working as a Studio Assistant to professional artists for 3 years in Montreal, Helen re-located and began working in the film business in Toronto.  As a member of unions IATSE873 and NABET Helen worked as a Scenic Painter for a decade in Toronto.

1997-1999 –    Scenic Painter at Atlantis Casino and Resort, Nassau, Bahamas

2001 –             Relocated to British Columbia

2006 –             Solo Exhibition at Millennium Place Whistler. ‘West Coast Trees’  June

-Representation at Art Junction Gallery, Whistler

Exhibiting since 2007 – Various



Best International Woman Artist of the Year, ADC Fine Art, Art Comes Alive, Cincinnati – Nov, 2021

Best Multimedia Artist – Art Capitol, Paris, France, 2019

Best Landscape in Show – Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC – 2018

Suzy Arbor

Kevin Arnold

Karen Bagayawa
Josefa Fritz Barham
Mark Berens
Mary-Jean Butler
Todd Clark
Kelly Corbett
Vicki English
Lisa Geddes
Victor Goertz
Lori Goldberg
Warren Goodman
Taralee Guild
Gary Haggquist

Diane Hanna

Cathy High
Jeff Holmwood
Tammie Hunter
Marilyn Hurst
Burns Jennings
Jenny Keith
Kandice Keith
Patrick Leach
Wayne Leidenfrost
Lloyd Major
Gloria Masse

Heidi Mattson

David McColm

Lori Meeboer

Bruce Muir

Christina Nick
Feral Nifty
Dianne Ostoich
Anders Petersen

Ben Poechman

Tracy Proctor
Kris Robinson
Dieter Schlatter
Peggy Stel
Lorraine Surcouf
DonnaJane Tarazona
Richard Taylor

Helen Utsal

Jenn Williamson