Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2017 | Page 360

A rtist Heleen Cornet has lived and worked in the Caribbean since 1974 and since 1986 on Saba. The rich nature of this small Caribbean island is for her an endless source of inspiration. She got special fame for her “Rainforest Paintings” impressions of the lush cloud forest on Mount Scenery, the dormant volcano of Saba. In a special mix of techniques including oil, watercolor and ink wash on canvas, she manages to capture the mysterious atmosphere of this tropical forest like no other. Her sometimes almost graphic impressions of coral reefs around the islands form a special theme in her work. For her innovative use of watercolor techniques she gained international recognition in 2010 with an honorable mention at the International Triennial of Caribbean Art in Santo Domingo. Heleen regularly exhibits in the Caribbean region and sometimes beyond, such as in Rio de Janeiro and New York City 2012 and Fundatie in Zwolle, 2015. She is also an author.