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Ritzville Public Library
302 W. Main St.
Ritzville, WA 99169
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Helen was born and raised on a ranch near Lind, Washington. She started painting
at an early age and is proud of the fact that she has been entirely
self-taught. Helen started exhibiting her work in the 1960's. She says one
of the reasons for working the shows was to get her daughters work (Christy
Ann Winter Hensler) more exposure.
Helen continued to show her work all
over the western U.S. and even opened up her own shop in Odessa, Washington, where
she has lived for a number of years. Open in 1972, the shop not only
displayed her own work but also the work of others. I remember walking into
the store about ten years ago and finding some work done by the late Native
American Indian actor Will Sampson. For 24 years the shop was known as the
Paint Bucket, but lately Helen works almost exclusively out of her home.|
Helen's work consists of Native American portraiture,
landscape done in the mediums of acrylic, oil and watercolor. By far,
however, the Indian portraits are what Helen is known for. From historical
photographs she has painted Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Gall of the
Lakota and Moses of the Columbia group in the Central Basin. She also
paints a variety of scenes on old circular saw blades, cross-cut saws and
regular old hand saws. People from all over the country have sent their own
special blades to Helen in order to get a bona fide Winter original.
The artwork here represents Helen's passion for native peoples. She has
painted Southwest Indians, those from the Northern Plains and from the
Pacific Northwest. She has the ability to capture individuals in the
most realistic sense, and paint them they way they should be painted.
There is no abstraction here. Her work is meant to portray her subjects as
they appear, leaving us with a remarkable historical record of our Native
For more information on Helen M. Winter, please e-mail or write to the
Ritzville Public Library.
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