– About –
Helena Jordaan was born in October 1963. Her early childhood years were spent in little countryside places like Kotzesrus and Bitterfontein in the Namaqualand on the West Coast of South Africa. With no art as subject at school or post-school she matriculated in Carnarvon in the Karroo and then "life" happened. Doing admin mainly as a Council employee.
Helena was only introduced to oil paints during an Easter weekend 2009, attending an art workshop by the late Luie Audi and was hooked forever. Luie Audi was wel known for his Namibian and Karoo landscapes and was a brilliant landscape artist.
From then on Helena attended weekly art classes and workshops as much as she could afford. Since 2012 she was privileged enough to paint on a more regular and daily basis. Now based in Joostenbergvlakte close to Cape Town, she teaches art to beginner students, and is a full-time artist/housewife.
Helena joined the South African Society of Arts in 2016 to be able to take part in the Annual Selection Weekend Competitions. This also enabled her to showcase some of her work at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens 's Gallery and sold work to international tourists from Germany and Switzerland.
Helena has this to say, “Having explored all types, styles and techniques and attending numerous workshops, I fell in love with portraits.” By expressing myself through the subjects I chose, I need to be attentive and be able to notice "story-telling" faces and always try to paint the true expression that first attracted me. First impressions are of utmost importance to me - look people in their eyes, because that’s how we connect and notice untold stories.
At first I used Daler Rowney artist oil paint and currently I use Michael Harding hand made artists oil paint on Shweshwe or Canvass as well as Winsor & Newton artist range oils.
Shweshwe emerged in South Africa after 1652 and since the 1840's shoeshoe or isishweshwe became heavily influenced by French and German missionaries. The typical use of the printed, dyed, 100% pure cotton is for traditional Xhosa ceremonies in the rural areas. In special cases, special designs are produced for important occasions such as weddings, royal birthdays and national festivals.
I also do all the preparations of the fabric myself to ensure no fading of color, shrinkage and preservation of the fabric.