Inspiration: Helen Simmonds

Helen Simmonds' paintings are a masterclass in restrained simplicity. Her minimal compositions feature a variety of ordinary and unassuming kitchen objects, such as enamel jugs, glass bottles and ceramic vessels in meticulous arrangements. I particularly like her sparse palette of muted oils and the sense of peace and calm evoked in each painting. The pieces seem to recall Dutch still lives and offer a modern take on this timeless tradition. Helen's work can be seen at the Jonathan Cooper Gallery, London and the Alexander Gallery, Bristol.