Helen Wojcik, (also known as Hk or Woj) was born and raised in Ontario, but the draw of the ocean and mountains led her to Whistler fourteen years ago. Her work as one of BC’s wildfire fighters has taken her deep into the wilderness every summer for the past eight years. Many days on the fireline has provided her with a strong connection to to the mountains and nature. Helen says she uses this to “recharge my soul and fill up with life. When my emotions are full, I am like an open channel of creativity. Connecting to nature gets me in touch with the roots and the simpler things in life.”
Helen’s art is as fluid as her home address, with influences from her travels all over the world.
Helen’s painting career began ten years ago with her first solo show at Moguls Café in Whistler BC. After that she showed with Blind Mute Productions in Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and Vancouver, BC. She has exhibited six times at State of the Art during the World Ski and Snowboard festival in Whistler, shown with Sherpas Cinema, and had a solo show at Evo Shop in Seattle, WA.
Her most recent achievements are having her graphics showcased on the 2014/15 and 2015/16 line of top sheets for Prior Skis and Snowboards and now, as a contributor to Mica Heliskiing’s Topsheet Project.
“Being asked to create the topsheet for Mica actually took me by surprise. It wasn't something I was expecting at all. Nor did I have any idea of what to expect when I got there. What I can say is that it exceeded all my expectations. I also really enjoyed getting to meet the guest, and creating something truly unique to them and to Mica. I can't wait to see the final product.”
Helen’s vibrant piece features a golden Buddha sittings at the base of Mt. Dunkirk surrounded by white dragons. Both the Buddha and dragons are imagery that were inspired by her recent travels to China.
When asked about her experience at Mica Helen told us: “I don't even know where to begin. Everything about the Mica experience was incredible.”
She described the location, situated between the Selkirk, Monashee and Rocky Mountains as highly energetic. “I had some crazy dreams while I was there.”
“The staff welcomed me as if I was one of their own, including me in inside jokes, stories and adventures. The guests at Mica were from all over the world and were all unique and incredible in their own way. Connections that were made will last a lifetime. Not to mention getting to go heli skiing! It was an experience of a life time for me and a trip I will always hold dear to my heart."
Following the 2016 fire season, Helen will be enrolling in the Graphic Design program at the Vancouver College of Art and Design. The ultimate goal will be to design for a ski or snowboard company or work from home, balancing life between work and play.
Follow Helen and see more of her art on Instagram: @helskahk