Helen Knapp As an artist, I find that just placing a bit of pastel on to a sanded pastel paper fills me with excitement, anticipation and a feeling of total involvement. My objective is to capture that fleeting moment of beauty, that sunlit landscape, that innocent or wise face and share it with the viewer.

Someone once said that art is a series of mistakes and corrections. That is the thrill of pastels. It is not the sure confident stroke but the continuous experimentation that rewards me. This gives me great satisfaction.

I never am completely finished with a painting but instead always see room for improvement. This allows me to constantly grow and strive for the perfect painting, the perfect impression, the perfect expression of all man’s emotions.

Selected Exhibitions: (*Solo Shows)

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Spring 2010
Halle Cultural Center, Summer 2010
Karen Dunn, MD, Carolina Allergy & Asthma Offices, Chapel Hill, NC Fall, 2008-09
Pastel Society of NC - 2009
Chapel Hill Museum - September 2009
Seymour Senior Center - August 2009
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro - July, 2009
Exhibition: Senator Ellie Kinaird’s Senate Office, UNC Cooker Arboretum, Capital Building, Raleigh, NC, Summer 2008
Seymour Center CH, NC PSNC Exhibition Summer, 2007
Duke Faculty Dining Hall Exhibition, Duke U, Durham NC July - Sept. 2007
Durham Art Guild Members Exhibition, Durham, NC Spring 2007
NC Craft Gallery, Carrboro, NC, juried Summer, 2006
Colorful Calories, McDougle Library, Carrboro, NC 2006
Catching the Light, juried, Arkansas Pastel Society, 2005
Through Women’s Eyes, juried, Chapel Hill, NC 2001, 2003, 2005

Awards and Honors:

Illustrator, “The Low Oxalate Cookbook”, VP Foundation, Graham, NC, 2005
* Honorable Mention, “Catching the Light,” juried, AR Pastel Society, Arkansas, 2005
First Prize, Composition,”Different Strokes” juried, Carrboro Arts Center, Pastel Society of NC, 2004
First Prize, Use of Color, juried, Carol Woods Exhibition, PSNC, 2004
“Mayor’s Award,” juried, Cary Spring Exhibition, Cary, NC 2001
Honorable Mention, Goldsboro Art Exhibition, juried, Goldsboro, NC 2000
Featured Artist, “Edible Arts,” Durham Art Council. Durham, NC 2000

Selected Commissions:

“Mary at Three,” Mr., and Mrs., T Trautman 2008
“Circle of Love,” Mr. and Mrs., M. Judge 2008
“Molly at Three,” Mr. & Mrs. T. Trautman, Apex, NC, 2006
“Costa Rica Countryside,” Jungmee Jung, Korea, 2005
“The Two White Rockers,” Mr. & Mrs. D Tiedeman, Chapel Hill, NC, 2005
“Jim,” Mrs. J. Giggley, Chapel Hill, NC, 2003
“Emily,” “Laura.”, Mrs..V. Sternbach, Chapel Hill, NC 2000, 2001
“Christopher,” “Alexandrea,” Dr. and Mrs. L Barnes, Jackson, NJ, 1999


Keri Clay, “Different Strokes” Chapel Hill Herald, Dec., 2004
Cheryl Johnston, “Featured Artist, Orange County Open Studio Tour,” CH News, 2004
Susan Broili, “21st Century Pastels” Chapel Hill Herald, 2002
Provence Restaurant Review, Carrboro Now, 2001

Art Associations:

Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America
Pastel Society of North Carolina, officer, 1998-2006
Durham Art Council
Orange County Artists Guild
Southeastern Pastel Society


BA, Adelphi University, NYS
ADE, Sturt University, Adelaide, Australia
MA, Wm. Paterson University, NJ

Represented by:

FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
The Little Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Alamance County Art Council, Graham, NC