“I want my art to evoke a sense of beauty and soulfulness.”

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Helena Cooper Art specializes in creating beautiful interpretations of nature, translated through abstract nature photography onto canvas, acrylic, print in large and small formats and other types of mounting.

Helena Cooper’s nature photography has been featured across the United States and internationally in a variety of locations including hospitals (The Children’s Hospital, Boston; East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Boston; Bayhealth Medical Center, Delaware; Nantucket Hospital, Nantucket; Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua), doctor’s offices, universities (Cornell University Gates Hall, Department of Natural Resources), corporate offices (Toshiba Communications, Rochester), therapist offices, spas (Rasa Spa, Karma Salon), philanthropic organizations (Park Foundation, Ithaca), retreat centers (Light on the Hill, Spencer/Van Etten).

Helena’s photography has also been featured in large projected formats behind stage performances and conference presentations.

The Journey
My journey as an artist is quite personal. I started exploring photography as an abstract painter during a challenging period in my life. At that time, I found comfort in nature, especially in places like the gorges, lakes, and streams near where I live in the Finger Lakes region.

I see my abstract photographs as poems. Akin to the process of writing poetry, when I take a picture I focus on rhythm, movement, sensuality, and layers of meaning. Through the camera lens, a decomposing leaf in a small puddle of water or a beam of light refracted in a stream transforms into a whole universe of new perspectives.

Nature is always teaching me. Some days I breathe easier when I photograph water reflections. Other days, my shoulders soften as I photograph moss, rocks, or ice. Nature grounds me.

When I take a picture, I experience a moment of communion with the elements. In every possibility of its form, I want my art to inspire healing by stimulating a curiosity to explore the inner world by seeing and experiencing the outer one anew.