Helene Henare was born 1963 in Wellington and moved to Auckland as an infant. 2015 she and her husband Peter moved to Te Araroa on the East Cape. After the sudden loss of Peter, Helene remained on the beautiful East Cape for 2 years and recently returned to Auckland, now residing in the beautiful Ness Valley where she creates artworks from her home.
Helene is deeply inspired by the Sea and New Zealand native bush, she paints seascapes and landscapes with Acrylics on Canvas in an impressionistic style to invoke familiarity yet distorting the geography to gain a unique composition. She takes many photos of an area which she uses for reference but paints more from a "feeling" of that place.