Colour. Line. Design.

The Essence Series of paintings ... minimalist, calm, simple expressions of complex ideas.

The Essence collection of paintings was begun in 2017, and has seen me work at consistently striping down, taking back and minimising the experience of paint on canvas. Each painting in the series take as their starting point colour, line and design based

on landscape references and sketches.

The series had me thinking about simplicity, the place between past and present, the here and now. 

Distillation, minimisation of landscape and the refined use of colour and line, juxtaposed with complex texture, and infinite, enchanting subtle shifts of light. 

As well as an inexplicable obsession with lines!



These paintings are created using chalk, charcoal, fluid and heavy body professional grade acrylics, both very highly pigmented mediums, on top of a ground of textured pumice. This gives a unique depth and texture to the finished painting. 

Each painting is made up of many successive, almost transparent, but highly pigmented layers, with a final layer of thinly applied, almost dry opaque paint, which has the effect of partially revealing under-layers.


Signed and dated on the reverse. No prints will be made of this collection.

These paintings are signed in my marital name of Helen Milton.


You can see their progress at my instagram site @helenmiltonartist

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