Painting has been the common thread throughout Helgesen’s artistry, and her preferred technique from the very start. She has dived into a variety of techniques and experimented with differing expressions. It is in painting that the meeting between figuration and abstraction has found its form, at times as two conflicting tendencies each pointing their own way. Gradually, however, painting has become the place where a fusion of sorts has occurred. When she developed her new technique, the potential she had been seeking in painting saw the light of day.