Helen Dannelly’s traditional art training is the foundation of her art practice and her teaching.
Training with Bay Area photorealist painters, her early works focused on capturing how light shifted throughout the day, transforming Bay Area vistas. Attention to these formal elements, the play of light and shadow and how they transform color, are still present in both her 2D and 3D work.
She also studied painting at San Francisco State University and sculpture at the University of Minnesota. Throughout her art career, Helen continued to expand her technical repertoire exploring bronze casting, printmaking, and encaustic.