No other American artist or photographer has received as many international honors or more professional acclaim than Helen Yancy. But it is the ability to please clients with artful images that provide Helen with her greatest satisfaction. This gift flows from her passion about art, life, family and people.
For many years, creating fine oil portrait paintings and watercolor images was the primary focus of Helen’s artistic life, but in the early 1990s she ventured into the infinite universe of virtual media, including photography. This evolution greatly expanded her artistic and creative horizons through the limitless pallets, brushes and tools of the digital world, which she began to employ with the practiced eye of a fine artist.
Since then, Helen has become known worldwide for her innovative photographic watercolor portraits, virtual paintings and fantasy images that are inspired by a seemingly endless new world of artistic possibilities. These extraordinary images represent the ultimate blending of photographic image energy that is formed and shaped by artistic innovation. Helen has added these exceptional mixed-media art pieces to her repertoire, which always will include the elegant oil paintings for which she originally gained prominence in the art world.
Working on location or in her comfortable residential studio, Helen’s goal continues to be creating exquisite art pieces that portray people and their relationships with sensitivity, realism, and imagination.
During her noteworthy career, Helen earned the rare distinction of being the first person in the world to receive every degree and honor bestowed by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the largest and most prestigious professional photographic association in the world. She is a past president and chairman of the board of PPA and is one of only a few Americans to be honored as an invitational Fellow by the British Institute of Photography, in part because of her leadership and creating ties between PPA and the British Institute.
A member of the prestigious Portrait Society of America, Camera Craftsman of America and the Society of XXV, she is one of fewer than 100 Fellows of the American Society of Photographers. In May 2001, She was honored at the United Nations with the Medallion for leadership, service, artistic, and photographic ability by the international Council for photography, the only organization of its kind recognized by the UN.