Born by the ocean in Galway, Ireland, Helen Tilston’s childhood experiences helped create her love and understanding of the ocean. Tilston believes a painter must be part of the land and the life she paints.
She has been described as a painter of light. One remarked, it is as though she paints the sunshine in her canvases. Sketching, shapes, design and fashion have always been a part of Tilston's discipline and following in her grandmother's footsteps she designed fashion knitwear and one of a kind pieces. June Allard-Berte and Jane Champagne were her art teachers for several years. She studied at Ontario College of Art and Design in all mediums including her favorites encaustic and oil.
Tilston got her first taste of plein aire painting while at Lyme Regis and was instantly hooked. Fast forward to meeting Mary Rose Holmes & Violetta Chandler and their decision to be the founders of the three member “Plein Aire Cottage Artists.” For the past eighteen years the three artists have been painting, traveling and exhibiting together.