Helen Borten A Creative and Illustrative Genius.
Helen Borten was born in Philadephia, PA in 1930. She produced the main body of her well loved Children’s picture book illustrations in the 1960’s, working alongside writers like Franklyn M Branley and Augusta Goldin to create scientifically interesting books for children. These concentrated on themes such as Nature, the Weather and tried to answer the questions that children often ask.
She attended the Philadephia Museum College of Art for four years.
There’s a beautiful collaboration between woodcut, collage, paint, printing techniques and wonderful colour, that for me makes her work so rich and visually desirable.
She has worked as free lance artist and illustrator of books, record album covers, and greeting cards. Her books have won several awards.
In 1988 Helen changed careers and worked in the field of Radio where she wrote and produced 44 national radio documentaries.
The New York Times devoted a major article to Borten and her work when the premiere season, distributed by NPR, made its debut (First Arts Page, August 18, 1997). “If ‘think radio’ has a future on a dial clogged with music and conventional news-talk programs,” the Times says, “it is because of innovators like Ms. Borten. She has a keen ear…is gifted with a mellifluous voice…and an ability to ask a seemingly simple question that draws memorable responses from her subjects.” Station Manager Ruth Seymour says, “We love Helen Borten’s work. She brings passion, imagination, and emotional resonance to a vivid portrait of American life.” (Taken from an article on PRX.org)
Helen has also worked as a Lecturer/ Instructor at Philadelphia College of Arts. It appears her creative talents are endless.