Her background in psychology and the arts, in concert with knowledge and intuition, allows her to create a physical interpretation of the emotions and feelings that a work’s subject invokes within her. She strives to excel in deeply detailed observation and examination of people, and to distil that observation into an awakening of thoughts and emotions in her audience.
The initial inspiration came while visiting her mother several years ago in the Czech Republic. Her mother’s hands were wrinkled, the knuckles swollen, each feature an intimate revelation of her past. She felt that she could see reflected in those hands, the essence of a person, and wished to capture this amazing expressiveness with passionately detailed drawings.
Helena Pravda is a Czechoslovakian-born artist living in Cambridge, Ontario. She moved to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1983.
She studied psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Fine Arts. She went on to attend the University of Waterloo to further her studies in art and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, specializing in studio, drawing and painting.
She has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs, both juried and solo, where she has received numerous awards and recognitions. A number of her works are in private collections, including the Government of Ontario Art Collection, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, and Cambridge City Hall. Pravda is a member of the Protrait Society of Canada and the Ontario Society of Artists.