Living on the small island of Saba in the Caribbean Sea, with a magical mossy rainforest at its top, there are no limits to inspiration for me. While camping in the middle of nature, surrounded by the sounds of birds, dripping water and wind, it doesn’t take long to let go of the noise that is normally, without even noticing, always in the background. The Magical Mossy Forest series is a result of this.
To go to the top of Mt. Scenery asks preparation. We have to carry our camping gear 1064 steps uphill. During the hike we gradually loose our hectic ways of thinking and when we arrive at the camping spot part of the change has already taken place.
Normally I paint the whole day and we stay for about four nights in the cloud forest on the top of Mt. Scenery. It is muddy, often cold and very wet, but it is amazing.
The series of paintings that I am showing is all inspired by Saba’s cloud forest. The small collection shown here is based on studies and pictures I made on the top. I used leaves and strings with watercolor on watercolor canvas. Watercolor can hardly be used on the top of the mountain as the humidity there is normally more than 95%. While I paint in my studio on Saba the watercolor medium is doing a lot of the work by itself: the colors flow over the canvas and mix together in their own particular way. I hardly use brushes. Since the medium of watercolor and the cloud forest are the same (namely water), there is little doubt that medium and subject match perfectly.
Saba, April 28, 2012
1. Personal Data
Name: Helena Cornet
Address: Troy. The Bottom, Saba, Netherlands Antilles
Tel: 599 416 2708
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date and place of birth: July 22, 1945. Gorinchem, The Netherlands
1957 - 1963 High School, Gorinchem, Netherlands
1963 – 1965 Academy for Education, Gorinchem, Netherlands
1965 – 1969 Academy for Arts and Crats, Amersfoort, Netherlands
3. Employment recort.
1970 – 1972 Art teacher, High School , Leeuwarden, Netherlands
1974 – 1983 Art teacher, High School, Bonaire
1983 – 1984 Art teacher, High School, Curacao
1984 – 1986, Art Teacher, Sint Maarten
1986 – 1989, Art Teacher, Saba
4. Professional experience.
1970 – 1989 Working with teenagers, organizing festivals (carnival) and artshows , running a art gallery, conducting art workshops.
1989 – present. Organizing artshows, experimenting with different media. Making art.
1994 Studying oil painting with Dutch artist Rik Lina
5. Professional affiliations
Was instrumentall in founding the Saba Foundation for Arts and served as president of this foundation till 2004
1996. 3rd Biennial, Sto Domingo, Republica D ominicana
1996. 23rd Bienal International, San Paulo, Brazail.
, Classic Caribbean Art
Gallery Curacao, Neth. Antilles
1997, Artist of the Month, Breadfruit Gallery,
Saba, Neth. Antilles
1997, Woman and Identity,
Bonaire, Neth. Antilles
1998, Masks in
, Art Addiction Annual, Venice Italy
1999, Arte 99, Curacao
1999, Grands et Jeunes d’aurjourd’hui, salon 1999, Paris
2000, Selection of the month, Breadfruit Gallery,
2000, Cariforo, traveling exhibition Caribbean art,
2001. Workshop Yubi and Tirzo,
, Curacao Museum Curacao
2001. Between Lines. Travelling exhibition Unesco.
2002. Festival del Caribe. Fiesta del Fuege. Cuba
2003. Peanut Gallery, Saba
2004. Peanut Gallery, Saba.
2005. Arte Américos, Rio de Janiero.
2006 - 2008. Peanut Gallery, Saba
2009. Kas dei Kultura. Curacao
2008. Leaves of Changes. Saba
2008. Different Perspectives, Landhuis Bloemhof, Curacao
2009. Peanut Gallery, Saba
2010.Shearwater, Saba, N.A.
2010. Trienal Indternational del Caribe, Santo Domingo
2011. Maskara, Landhuis Bloemhof Curacao
2011. Peanut Gallery, Saba
2012 Mon Art Curaca
1983. Illustrations for Guide to the Bonaire Marine Park, Vant’t Hof Tom
1983, Guide to the Curacao Underwater Park
1991. Saban Cottages. Watercolor book
1992. Illuistrations for Old Grey Grizzly Grunt. Wilson F.
1993. Our Favourite Shore Dives, with Tom and Jojanneke van’t Hof
1994. Illustrations for Orphans of the Storm. Johnson J.
1997. Illustrations for New Guide to the Bonaire Marine Park. Tom van’t Hof
1997. Illustrations for The nature of Saba. Tom van’t Hof
1998. Echoes of the Past. Watercolors of Sint Eustatius.
Mencion Special , Trienal International Del Caribe. Oct. 2010