About the Artist

08 November 2017

Garden Light

Our family is sad to report that our mom’s fabulous life adventure came to an end early this morning. She was peaceful and serene and Kathi was by her side.

It was a life filled with adventure and wonder, with great and fabulous accomplishments, from building a koi pond (mixing the concrete by hand like kneading bread because she didn’t have the wrist strength to use the trowel) to having multiple one artist shows in New York, Washington, Dallas and of course her home town of San Antonio. She leaves a fabulous legacy of wonderful friends in each of the areas where she was so accomplished, in art, in orchids, in travel and of course her family.

We want to thank everyone who has shared a story or memory on social media. Kathi took great delight in reading them to Mom these past few days. Keep the stories coming!

We will host a celebration of her fabulous life next Wednesday, 15 November at 2 PM. We will celebrate at the chapel at the Beaches Museum and Historical Society with refreshments and fellowship to follow. I think a glass of Gallo Chardonnay served over ice will be most appropriate!
Please feel free to share this news.

Best wishes to all,
Rick and Faith,
Kathi and Terry,
Cindy and Alex

Helen Hoffman, Helen Bacon Hoffman, Helen B Hoffman

Helen Bacon Hoffman, The Artist

Helen Bacon Hoffman is a realist who works in both oils and pastels. Hoffman’s unique talent is in the tone she sets through the action of light, shadows and reflected light. In each of her paintings, the viewer will observe exquisite depictions of everyday settings made extraordinary by beautifully drawn contrasts of light and shadow. Maturity of expression and dramatic mood are the hallmarks of all her works.

Hoffman says “I want to explore the familiar, to discover the world around me, rather than create one of my own. Whether it is in the bustle of a market place or the quiet moment of a reader with his book, there is a mood created that I try to share on canvas. I want to involve my viewers and give them a moment of pleasure.”

Helen Hoffman was born in San Antonio, Texas and began studying art as a teenager with the noted Southwest artist, Hugo Pohl. She majored in art at Ogontz College, now a part of the University of Pennsylvania, and continued her studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Later, Hoffman studied with the world famous artist, Herbert E. Abrams at West Point, NY.

When she married an Army officer, Richard Hoffman, her husband’s career meant travel for her and her three children. His frequent overseas assignments required that she balance her artistic career with managing home and family. Hoffman took advantage of her nomadic life by painting wherever she found herself. Even now, she returns to her former haunts of Hawaii, Mexico and Europe to paint. Hoffman also finds intriguing subjects for her paintings in Florida, her current residence. One of Hoffman’s favorite sources of inspiration is her greenhouse where she cultivates exotic orchids.

Hoffman’s career has included an impressive listing of awards, shows, permanent exhibits and society memberships, details of which can be found in the Awards and Accomplishments section.


Exhibitions in Major Collections

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art , Kansas City, Missouri
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
The Instituto Norte Americano Mexicano de Relationes Culturales, Mexico City, Mexico

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