Born in Toronto, Helga Sermat grew up immersed in the language and culture of her Estonian parents. Her formal education includes an arts degree from York University in Toronto as well as further studies in theatre design, drawing, sculpture and printmaking at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver and Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Art in Montreal.
While living on the west coast she worked as a costume and prop maker for theatre and dance and was a co-founder of Urban Source, an alternative art materials store in Vancouver, B.C.
A move to Montreal led to more studies in drawing and printmaking. While experimenting with different mediums suitable for paper, Helga developed her unique technique of working with coloured pencil which involves the build up of many thin layers, resulting in finished drawings that resemble small paintings with vibrant surfaces and precise details.
Helga left city life behind in 2007 and now lives in Hemmingford, Quebec where she divides her time between her art, various illustration projects, graphic design, building websites and pursuing her life long passion for horses. Her images have been published as greeting cards and posters and are available throughout North America. She is represented by Galerie St. Laurent in Ottawa, Ontario.
Limited edition giclée prints as well as posters and cards are available at the artist’s Etsy shop.