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Born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1962, Alice Helwig has been painting and drawing from a very young age and has worked in acrylics since she was 14 years old. Often painting en plein aire, Alice developed her unique technique and perspectives from painting the coulee hills close to her family home.
Upon graduating high school in Lethbridge, Alice took a two-year Visual Communications program at Medicine Hat College. Continuing to paint while attending school, Alice achieved recognition for her watercolour works through an international show in Sherbrooke, Quebec. After graduating from the commercial arts program, Alice registered at the University of Lethbridge and continued to study painting under Pauline McGeorge. In 1985 Alice’s paintings appeared in a juried University show and select works were also featured in the Southern Alberta Creates Show at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge. Since then her work has been shown in Southern Alberta and in the USA.
Looking for adventure, Alice moved to Fox Lake, a small remote Indian village in Northern Alberta, where she taught English and art. Working closely with her native students, Alice strove to encourage her pupils to express their creativity. It was at this time that Alice first worked on murals, and inclined the students to communicate through mural painting.
Later Alice would live in Mayerthorpe before moving to Calgary where she presently resides. Alice remains an art educator. Presently she works part time at a private school while maintaining a studio in Calgary.
The themes in her work have varied from figurative compositions, landscapes, to interiors. Alice has also worked in a variety of materials such as watercolour, clay, oil paint, pastels, graphite, and stained glass.