Corel Painter Master - Helen Yancy

Name: Helen Yancy
Occupation/Profession: Professional artist, Author, Instructor and Convention Speaker
Employer: Helen Yancy Art and Photography
Location: Plymouth, Michigan
Hobbies: All things artistic, and anything to do with children Website:


An internationally recognized artist, author and Corel® Painter™ instructor, Helen Yancy has shared her style and techniques across America and in Canada, Asia and Europe. Her DVD Tutorials have launched many a career, motivating and inspiring artists and photographers to pursue their passion and expand their horizons with a different kind of brush, incorporating the amazing brushes and tools of digital painting software. After selling her first painting at the age of 12, she began working in a photographic studio at 14, and has been on the cutting edge of technology since her first computer in the 80's.

She gained an international reputation as a traditional portrait painter working for photographers early on. Eventually, wanted to sing her own song rather than be somebody else's accompaniment, Helen Yancy Studio was born.

With inspiration and support from a wonderful marriage, four great kids and 12 perfect grandchildren, Helen has been honored to serve the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) on its Board of Directors and as President, the third woman to do so in its 125-year history, was the first person to obtain all four of the PPA earned degrees, and as an international instructor and lecturer was one of the first to introduce the delicious brushes of Corel® Painter™ software to the photography world. Her portraits hang in the galleries of Washington Cathedral, Wayne State University, Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn Heights City Hall, Garden City Hospital and many others. Instructional DVD Tutorials, books and articles have been published and distributed around the world.

Additional highlights include being honored at the United Nations for Artistic Ability, Leadership and Service to the photography profession, and her portfolio of 25 paintings was accepted by the panel of judges of the American Society of Photographers (ASP) which resulted in being awarded the distinguished Fellowship from ASP.

It was a special thrill that all were portraits captured digitally and completed as paintings with Corel Painter, something that had never been done before.

Helen's web site is

History with Painter

It goes all the way back to the purchase of my first really good computer, when I didn't even know how to type and understood nothing, but insisted on the purchase of Adobe Photoshop and a software called Painter, because I just knew it was meant for me. I believe it was Painter's first release, but I'm not sure, and to say I was lost is an understatement. The reason I teach now is because it was so hard to learn then! I played with it a long time before I became brave enough to introduce it to my clients, or to enter competition in a photographic world with my Painter portraits and scenics. But once I did, my industry began to take notice. My images did extremely well in competition, even though they didn't look like traditional photography. They looked like—and indeed, they were paintings done in a realistic style, but paintings nevertheless. Even better—my customers loved them.

Corel Painter has set me free! I can embrace all worlds of painting and drawing, and express myself in new and exciting ways. If I ever suffered from burnout, Painter changed that, and has done so for so many of my students. For a long time, I was one of the very first evangelists for Painter in the photographic world. Now, many of my students are enjoying success as well, and several are teaching too.

Do I think it's possible to get the same results using other digital painting software?
In my experience, absolutely not! Others are making the attempt, and some new versions offer painting brushes, but they don't do the same thing. Corel® Painter™ is simply incredible, allowing me to be an impressionist, a realist, an abstractionist, and I still get a kick out of watching the pixels of a straight photograph simply melt into paint before my eyes. I am very excited and proud to be a part of the world of Corel® Painter™.


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