As long as she can remember, Janine has enjoyed spending her free time working on creative pursuits – everything from ceramics to crocheting to cardmaking. It wasn’t until her two sons were grown, however, that she pursued her interest in drawing and painting. Finally, in the fall of 2009, her husband Mike encouraged her to begin watercolor lessons with a local artist. She now paints at home as often as possible to practice what she is continually learning in classes and workshops (and by experimentation), loving every minute of it!
“The majority of my paintings begin with a photograph taken by either me or my husband. I paint the things I love; my favorite subjects are backyard birds and herons.”
Janine Helton is a Signature Member of the Saint Louis Watercolor Society and a Juried Member of the Greater St. Louis Art Association, as well as an active member of the Oak Leaf Artist Guild and the Northside Art Association. Her paintings have won many awards in area competitions. She is currently one of 28 artists at Missouri Artists on Main (a co-op gallery on Main Street in St. Charles). Visit her website for more information on her artwork and where to view her paintings: www.janheltonartworks.com