Helen Gwinn considers herself a native New Mexican although she was born in Texas. She attended public schools in Carlsbad. During her college years and early adulthood, she lived in various places before returning to New Mexico.
Gwinn's artworks, representational and semi abstract, expressed in mixed media, collage and clay reflect her life, including her love for creation, communication, new life, ancient cliffs and poignant flowers. They have been exhibited and won awards in regional, national and international shows, including the Florence Biennale (in Florence, Italy), the National Academy of Art (in New York City), and the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art (in Santa Fe) as well as in the New Mexico Governor's Gallery.
Gwinn's works have been the subject of articles in watercolor magazines and in The New Mexico Magazine; they have also been included in numerous art books, invitational shows and shown in solo exhibits. She is an instructor, guest lecturer and juror of fine art exhibits. Her compositions can be seen on her website is which also includes her resume and blog. Her facebook page is Helen Gwinn.