Sue was born in Melbourne where she trained as a visual artist and forged a career managing public art projects while continuing to explore her own creative aspirations through community based work. Over a decade ago Sue moved from Melbourne to explore opportunities in Western Australia.

The shift from city living to a pared back country lifestyle in Western Australia’s north-west Gascoyne region has afforded Sue with more time to dedicate towards developing her art practice as a landscape painter which she successfully sustains on a full time basis from her studio in Carnarvon.

“Painting is a gentle journey and my art making begins with spending time exploring the landscape and what’s going on within it. I become deeply immersed in painting colour studies while absorbing what’s going on around me. Once back in the studio I build on ideas gathered, using layers of rich oil paint, allowing each painting the time that it needs to evolve”. Sue Helmot.  Sue’s paintings are often described as being sensitive and captivating.

A reoccurring theme in Sue’s work is capturing insights into how people in rural areas interact with their surroundings on-which their livelihood often depend. Sue partnered with the Gascoyne Food Council as their Artist in Residence during 2018 and 2019. This successful collaboration was the catalyst for her first sell-out solo exhibition From The Source: A Landscape of Food in 2018 and her second successful solo exhibition Frontier of Food in 2019.

An exhibition of Sue Helmot’s works was screened on the Yagan Square digital tower in the CBD of Perth in 2019.  Her works have been purchased by private collectors across Australia and Europe.

Sue Helmot’s Artist CV is listed below.

* Please note when searching Sue Helmot’s work online that her name is sometimes misspelt as Sue Helmet

  • Sue Helmot Artist painting in the rangelands of the Gascoyne region of Western Australia where she is based

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Melbourne, Sue Helmot relocated to Carnarvon Western Australia in 2008.  Sue’s practice as a visual artist progressed from part to full time in 2017 and continues to develop today.


1984    Bachelor Arts Degree, Victoria College, Melbourne

1981    Diploma Art and Design, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Melbourne

Solo Exhibitions

2019     Gascoyne Landscapes, Yagan Square Digital Tower, City of Perth

2019     Frontier of Food, Carnarvon Regional Gallery

2018     From The Source: A Landscape of Food, Carnarvon Regional Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019     York Art Awards

2019     Kondinin Acquisitive Prize

2018     Fifty Square, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2016     Shark Bay Art Awards, Rose Freycinet Gallery

2014     Gascoyne Art Awards, Carnarvon Regional Gallery

2014     Shark Bay Art Awards, Rose Freycinet Gallery

2013     Inaugural Exhibition, Carnarvon Regional Gallery

2012     Shark Bay Art Awards, Rose Freycinet Gallery

2010     Art Show, Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage Cultural Centre

Artist Residencies

2019     Gascoyne Food Council, WA

2018     Gascoyne Food Council, WA

Press and Publications

2019     ABC Breakfast Radio interview with Vanessa Mills, 06/08/2019

2019     ABC National Rural News feature story, 6/08/2019

2019     ABC Mornings Radio interview with Michelle Stanley, August 2019

2019     Front cover and feature story in Ripe Magazine, September issue

2019     Feature story in Carnarvon and Coral Coast Destination Guide

Selected Projects

2020     Teacher, Propel Youth Arts and State Library of WA Sketchbook project, Carnarvon

2019     Mentor, Creative Grid Project, Regional Arts WA

2012     Artist, State Library WA Better Beginnings Vietnamese Literacy Project

2009     Curator, Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage Cultural Centre