As part of the aging process my eyesight is deteriorating and it has become hard to keep making my intricate rainforest paintings. Last year, 2022, I decided to have my last rainforest exhibition. It was in the botanical garden, a little piece of rainforest on Saba. I was amazed to see my paintings become part of the natural beauty. I enjoyed this last exhibition very much and was extremely grateful for all the nice words that were spoken. However, as I had been painting my whole life until now for at least 6 hours a day, it was a bit weird to sit down experiencing what it means to be relaxing. I started reading audio books and bought a piano to pick up playing again after 35 years. The piano I brought with me to Saba in 1986 could not be tuned anymore and landed on the garbage due to severe mildew damage.
During the past year my husband and I spent a couple of months on Curacao where I did a ceramic workshop with Evelien Sipkes. Here I noticed how much fun it was to use another medium to create art. My studio needed an intensive renovation to create room for the kiln and piano.
We are now one year further. I am as lucky as I can be with a lot of friends who come to make a ‘potje” at my H.O.T. (Helena of Troy) Art Studio.
Heleen Cornet has been living for forty years
in the Caribbean on several islands of the Dutch Caribbean. During those
years she has made thousands of paintings of which around 400 are shown
on the 100 pages of this book.
Heleen could be found regularly on the top of Mount Scenery were she made drawings of the dramatic rain forest. She camped on the volcanic mountain for more than four weeks.
These drawings have resulted in big oil and watercolor on canvas paintings. Lately she made a series of gold leaf paintings that are exhibited in this book. Her pleinair paintings show the great diversity of her work and the captivating beauty of Saba, this small island in the Caribbean.
A book that shows the nature of the islands where she has been living and the joy of life that is part of the essence of her work.
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