Helen Miranda Wilson

How and when I first met Harry Roseman?
—-When we were in our twenties, in New York City. Harry’s wife’ the painter Catherine Murphy, had also showed at the First Street Gallery, a co-op that was located at that time on Prince Street. I joined just after she left it. We had and have mutual friends and colleagues. I loved Harry, on sight. I am also in a painter-sculptor household, having lived with the sculptor/painter, Timothy Woodman who I met at Skowhegan in 1970. ..It felt companionable to know another couple like that.

A statement about my work and/or a brief autobiographical statement?
—-This is too hard!—— I, we, used to live in New York City. In 1999, we lost our rent stabilized loft so now we live in Wellfleet, MA, the town I grew up in. I paint. I draw. I still show in NYC, as well as other places. My parents are dead. I have no children. We live in the house I grew up in, without a mortgage. I am a public servant, specializing in land use, as well as an artist. Since June of 1999, I have served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Water Issues Advisory Committee, the Housing Authority, two Affordable Housing Task Forces, the Shellfish Advisory Board and the Selectboard, all in Wellfleet. I have been a beekeeper since 1999, managing between two and seven colonies. I keep a small flock of chickens. I grow a lot of our vegetables and fruits. I like to spend time reading in bed with cats. I have enough money to go to the movies, anytime I want and to buy as many tree peonies as I want. This was not always the case. I have had good fortune. My mother loved me but she died in 1979. Her kindness informs my life. Half my family, on her side, is Russian or German. She grew up in Europe. She painted when she was young but then she stopped. Studied with Hans Hoffman in Munich when she was 17. My father was a writer who gave me the gift of knowing that being an artist could be honorable work.

Helen Miranda Wilson Notes