Art of Mary Theisen Helm FAQ
- Q. How do I locate the price, title, description, etc.
for a select piece of artwork?
- A. Each piece has a unique identification number usually
displayed above the photo when viewed. The number
corresponds to an entry on the price and description
sheet. Note the number(s) and then look up the
information. It may be helpful to open the price sheet in
a new browser tab so that it can be quickly referenced.
- Q. There are so many styles represented. Why?
- A. Mary was above all driven by creativity. Rather than
limit herself with one style of expression, she explored
- Q. There are over one thousand works of art represented.
Is this her whole body of work?
- A. This collection represents what are completed (for the
most part) works retained by the artist at the time of
her passing that can be displayed. It by no means is her
entire body of work. Hundreds of her paintings have been
purchased through the years and are in personal
collections, museums, etc. Also charcoal and pastel works
which are unframed are very difficult to handle and
display. May of these may be added at a later date.
- Q. Are the works framed?
- A. Some are, and some are not. The paintings are sold
with frames if the work is framed presently. The buyer
may choose to re-frame the works or not.
- Q. What is meant in the description by "reverse
- A. Some works (especially water colors) may have another
work on the other side. Paper was expensive, and Mary
sometimes painted on both sides of the paper. The cost
for these works is not doubled. Effectively you get a
two for one.
- Q. Some of the photos seem slightly askew, blurred, or
etc. How were these photographed?
- A. This project has taught me (Erik) a lot about
photography. Mostly that the project was a lot harder
than it looked. Please forgive any less than perfect
efforts. The photgraphs had to be of sufficient
resolution to show the detail in the artwork. Through the
process of watermarking, rotating, and sizing the images
in order to allow them to fit in the galleries and allow
one to see the image in a screen without excessive
scrolling, the images were shrunk. Perfect high
resolution photographs would be too cumbersome to work
with over the web. The images are of sufficient size to
allow the viewer to get an overall picture of the works.
In going through the over 1,300 works I endeavored to
re-photograph the works that were blurred. I obviously
- Q. How was she able to produce such a huge body of work?
- A. I think that the art was driven by being a creative
outlet. Mary worked full time for over 40 years,
sometimes in stressful and unfulfilling positions. She
raised and supported a family. She still found time to
paint and draw.
- Q. Did Mary study formally?
- A. For full info. please see Bio. Mary had no exposure to
art as a child. There were no art classes to speak of in
her schools, but art was in her veins from early
childhood. She expressed a desire to attend art school
after high school, but her father was a practical man. He
sent her to secretary school in Eau Claire instead. After
she moved to Milwaukee two years later, she saved her
money and began study at the Layton school of art. She
could never attend school full time as she retained a
full time job at an advertising agency. She studied at
various private painting tours, several art schools,
- Q. How were the paintings measured?
- A. The measurements are approximate only. If the work
itself could be measured then the numbers represented are
mostly accurate. However, if the painting was under glass
or shrink-wrapped then the mat or frame size may be
represented. It is recommended not to purchase any frames
for the artworks until you, or a professional have
measured them yourselves.
- Q. What is meant by "EST
. in the date
- A. Some works are signed but not dated. I have done my
best to estimate the date of origination using my own
memory and knowledge, as well as like styles, age of
- Q. I am offended by the nudity in the figure studies.
- A. Then dont look at them.
- Q. Why must the works have that annoying 'MTH' logo over
- A. The 'MTH' logo is called a watermark. A watermark is
installed on on-line pictures to prevent theft and misuse
of the material. The original works do not contain the
logo, only the web-based pictures.