Helene English
Eden, Maryland

Helene English lives in an 1800s farmhouse that doubles as her studio. The farmhouse sits near a river which makes for beautiful views. In many ways, Helene finds inspiration in what she sees in the world around her. Her past works feature themes like the tugboats that ride by her house. She most recently got interested in dogs and painted them in various arrangement and backgrounds. Helene enjoys when viewers find humor in her work. She currently lives in Maryland.

Artist and Customer Comments

Helene English 4/7/2014 | 5:31 PM

So glad you Love it! Very cool that you have an actual carousel horse. They can keep each other company : Thanks again! I thought you might be interested in this. I will be having a show of all of my Ocean City images at the Ocean City Center for the Arts in Ocean City, MD this summer. The opening reception is July 3. Helene

A Barber 4/6/2014 | 8:55 PM

LOVE my carousel pig! He hangs in my hallway near an actual 1940s carousel horse also from Maryland. Thanks so much for the note that accompanied it!

Helene English 2/26/2014 | 12:55 PM

Writing a blog....This is totally new to me! I would love to hear any feedback from folks who are viewing my artwork. It is always interesting to hear what other people think about your work. Anything constructive would be appreciated !

Basset Hound

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

18" h x 24" w x 1.75" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.


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I am still inspired to paint dogs these days. There are so many types with fun color combinations. I found this proud Basset Hound at a dog show! This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas and the painting continues around the sides. It comes ready to hang. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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