Helen Wall Teichroeb was born and raised in Vanderhoof BC, in 1961. Raised on a rural property outside a small town, amongst the Mennonite community, it was a sheltered upbringing. She was always interested in art, in high school even skipping French class to join a friend in their art class, which at that time, and for some reason, the teachers accommodated.
As an adult, life got busy with the business of making a living, and apart from the odd painting attempt here and there, art was put on the shelf until 2017, when a Bob Ross tutorial on the internet turned that spark of interest into a flame of passion for oil and acrylic painting, and it quickly became apparent that an extreme interest in the details would show up as a realism painter.
Her first public showing was as a contestant in the Beauty of the Peace contest, hosted by the Grant Berg Gallery, in the spring of 2018. Participating again in 2019, and then in 2020, where her submission of “Swamped” earned her a third place prize. That painting was also sold through the gallery at the end of the show.
After turning out about 40 works that first year, and visiting the local art gallery for other artists’ exhibitions, Helen was accepted as an exhibitor in a solo show that was named “ A Dance of Light “ scheduled for the following April of 2019, at the Grande Prairie Centre for Creative Arts. That show sold two paintings on opening night. That was followed by a collaborative exhibition in January of 2020 at the Fairview Art Gallery, for the month of November 2019 at the Shepherds Fold Bookstore coffee shop. Next, a solo showing and sale at The Wild Rose Manor for 6 months in the spring and summer of 2020. She has current continued displays at local restaurants, Grande Prairie Coffee Co and Fourteen.
Helen is a former member of Artist’s North, and current member in the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists.
The passion for creating has grown into tiny workshops, where she teaches painting to others who register for one night painting sessions. Details of these classes can be found on her Facebook page named Heartworks by Helen, with some paintings available for purchase there, or on her website.