"Serpent and the Thistle"  by Joe Helms


Small (16.4" x 16.4")

Available to buy on…

48"x 48", oil on muslin over wood panel


heron, finch, birds, beach, ocean, waves, realism, oil painting, nature, animals, snake, bees, thistle, flower, conflict, blue, wings, classical painting, representational

I would define my style as modern classical. I’m interested in life’s little dramas. Using allegory and symbolism there evolves a suspension of disbelief. Drawing the viewer in and along a storyline. I’m interested in tapping into the collective unconscious so each individual viewer forms their own personal narrative from the piece. I strive for a contrast between a calm and uneasy with a pensive quality: the instance before the event…
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  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    This is beautiful work and so interesting. Love your creativity.

  • Thank you Donna

    – Joe Helms

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Amazing concept and details, beautiful work!

  • Thanks so much Cindy

    – Joe Helms

  • Beatrice Cloake
  • Too kind Beatrice…oxoxo

    – Joe Helms

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Fabulous painting! Wow, I love the story you have created here. The heron wins this one; I have no doubt.

  • Thanks so much Fran….oxoxo

    – Joe Helms

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...over 1 year ago

    A truly amazing story here!

  • Thank you Laureen

    – Joe Helms

  • Wil Zender
    Wil Zenderover 1 year ago

    Fabulous painting, so creative, you are a wonderful artist!!!

  • much appreciated Wil , thank you for your comments

    – Joe Helms

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature in SUSA!
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Southern United States Artists

    See it in SUSA’s message board

  • Thank you so much Fran, this really makes my week….xoxoxo

    – Joe Helms

  • labaker
    labakerabout 1 year ago

    Fantastic work :)

  • Thanks for your comments Larry

    – Joe Helms

  • Thea T
    Thea Tabout 1 year ago

    Wow…stunning painting!!! Such a wonderful mix of natural history & symbolism …..again, wow!

  • Thank you so much….very kind

    – Joe Helms

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBeth5 months ago

    ooh….ver;y nice fishing……………..~ fantastic work!!!!!

  • thank you Lisa

    – Joe Helms

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