There are three of Helga’s paintings in the Shirley Sherwood Collection. One is an exquisite circlet of wild spring flowers so delicate it seems ephemeral; another is of most beautifully painted rosehips on vellum, reminiscent of an ancient herbal. The third is a tiny work of autumnal objects with echoes of Hoefnagel and van Kessel, with her scraps of leaves, mistletoe and a snail scattered on the vellum.
She has a great gift for recording the small and inconspicuous, the ‘found’ objects in our gardens. Her paintings, especially on vellum, have a quiet and reflective quality which will endure.