Helen Bacon Hoffman is a realist who works in both oils and pastels. Hoffman’s unique talent is in the tone she sets through the action of light, shadows and reflected light. In each of her paintings, the viewer will observe exquisite depictions of everyday settings made extraordinary by beautifully drawn contrasts of light and shadow. Maturity of expression and dramatic mood are the hallmarks of all her works.
Hoffman says “I want to explore the familiar, to discover the world around me, rather than create one of my own. Whether it is in the bustle of a market place or the quiet moment of a reader with his book, there is a mood created that I try to share on canvas. I want to involve my viewers and give them a moment of pleasure.”
Helen Hoffman was born in San Antonio, Texas and began studying art as a teenager with the noted Southwest artist, Hugo Pohl. She majored in art at Ogontz College, now a part of the University of Pennsylvania, and continued her studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Later, Hoffman studied with the world famous artist, Herbert E. Abrams at West Point, NY.
When she married an Army officer, Richard Hoffman, her husband’s career meant travel for her and her three children. His frequent overseas assignments required that she balance her artistic career with managing home and family. Hoffman took advantage of her nomadic life by painting wherever she found herself. Even now, she returns to her former haunts of Hawaii, Mexico and Europe to paint. Hoffman also finds intriguing subjects for her paintings in Florida, her current residence. One of Hoffman’s favorite sources of inspiration is her greenhouse where she cultivates exotic orchids.
Hoffman’s career has included an impressive listing of awards, shows, permanent exhibits and society memberships, details of which can be found in the Awards and Accomplishments section.
River Art Show, San Antonio, TX 1960-1962
Pentagon Art Show, Washington, DC 1964, 1965
DC Outdoor Art Fair, Washington, DC 1965
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1965
Society of Washington Artists, Washington, DC 1966
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 1969
Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club, New York, NY 1973
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY 1974
Pastel Society of America, New York, NY 1976, 1978, 1985
Master Pastelist, PS
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