Mary Helmreich


Encinitas, CA


If you made a purchase, please contact her at and she will mail you a 'Certificate of Authenticity' with her signature for the reproduction you bought. Please include your email, which reproduction you purchased, date, dimensions, framed or unframed and your mailing address.

Her original watercolors and limited/open edition hand signed prints are available at
Watermarks will not be reproduced on her museum quality prints you purchase here.
Her Specialty: Paintings on Commission. Over the last thirty years she's done hundreds: Of houses, cars, boats, pets & people, etc. Also favorite views & personal subjects.

Mary Helmreich was born in 1945 near Boston, Massachusetts.
Her talent was recognized early, when at age nine she won a prize for portraiture, competing against high school students.
At twelve she attended a summer art program at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In the eleventh grade she studied under Sidney Hurwitz at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and at the Cummington School of the Arts in the Berkshires.
At Bard College New York from 1963-1964 she majored in Sculpture taught by Harvey Fite and Fine Art by Anton Refregier. She continued her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston from 1964-1965 under the tutelage of Robert Grady and Andreas Feininger.
Toward the end of 1965 she traveled to London and Paris, where she met Gisbert Helmreich at a youth hostel in Place Pigalle. Together they hitchhiked through Europe, North Africa and East Africa. They were married in October 1966 in Burlington, Vermont.
Their son Stefan Helmreich and his wife Heather Paxson are both anthropologists at MIT.
From 1966 until the summer of 1981 they made their home in Boston, with a short sojourn to Vienna in 1968.
For many years Mary concentrated on the human form, drawing from life, first with a Boston group and then with the Winchester Studio Guild, assisted by professor emeritus King Coffin.
In 1969 her husband opened the Boston Chess Studio on Newbury Street, which became a focal point for the chess community during the Bobby Fischer era. Newbury Street, being the center of the New England art scene, inspired Mary to display her pencil drawings, acrylics and watercolor paintings.
After an exploratory cross-country trip in 1981, she and her family decided to move to San Diego, where they established residence in the community of Olivenhain in Encinitas. By that time watercolor had become her favorite medium.
She has been a member of several art organizations and has entered juried art shows receiving many awards & prizes.
Mary now paints cityscapes, landscapes, historical buildings and more intimate views of the area. All her paintings, including commissions, are carried out in the representational manner, using archival materials.

Her original watercolor paintings & museum quality prints are available at Solana Beach Art & Frame in Solana Beach, CA 92075, Phone 858-793-1343, Art & Frames by Wood Gallery in Coronado, CA 92118, Phone 619-435-5212, Leucadia Art Gallery Corner Frame Shop in Encinitas, CA 92024, Phone 760-753-8829.
Also at outdoor art exhibits & by appointment at her studio in Encinitas.

You may order online at &
Her copyright fees: Commercial $750.00, Personal $250.00.

All Images Protected under U.S. Copyright © Law 1981-2017 Mary Phillips Helmreich All Rights Reserved


Christmas Tree at Moonlight Beach Encinitas, California by Mary Helmreich


Win Place Show at Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Cliffs at Torrey Pines 2016 by Mary Helmreich


Neptune's View Leucadia California by Mary Helmreich


White House Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Party Time by Mary Helmreich


French Liqueurs by Mary Helmreich


Pannikin Encinitas by Mary Helmreich


Golden View from Torrey Pines by Mary Helmreich


Sunflowers 2014 by Mary Helmreich


California Christmas Palm Trees by Mary Helmreich


Oceanside Harbor at Dusk by Mary Helmreich


Advent Wreath by Mary Helmreich


Batiquitos Lagoon 2014 by Mary Helmreich


Chess and Tequila by Mary Helmreich


Yellow Sailboat and Coronado Boathouse by Mary Helmreich


Alt Karlsbad California by Mary Helmreich


A Clear Day in San Diego by Mary Helmreich


A Collection of Drinks by Mary Helmreich


Andrews Street Mission Hills by Mary Helmreich


Approaching the Starting Gate by Mary Helmreich


Ash and Second Avenue in San Diego by Mary Helmreich


Balloons over San Dieguito by Mary Helmreich


Balloons over San Elijo Lagoon Encinitas by Mary Helmreich


Batiquitos Lagoon Carlsbad California by Mary Helmreich


Batiquitos Lagoon Marshland by Mary Helmreich


Batiquitos Whiskey Bottles Carlsbad by Mary Helmreich


Beach at Swami's Encinitas by Mary Helmreich


Beach Flowers at the Del by Mary Helmreich


Beech Street in San Diego by Mary Helmreich


Bell Tower in Balboa Park by Mary Helmreich


Bench at Powerhouse Beach Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Benches at Powerhouse Beach Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Beverly Hills Bottlescape by Mary Helmreich


Big Sur Cottage by Mary Helmreich


Birds of Paradise by Mary Helmreich


Blue Boat Apartments Encinitas by Mary Helmreich


Bridges over Rt 5 Downtown San Diego by Mary Helmreich


Buckets of Money Honey by Mary Helmreich


Cactus Garden at Powerhouse Beach by Mary Helmreich


California Cactus Christmas by Mary Helmreich


California Mission San Luis Rey by Mary Helmreich


California Wine and Watercolors by Mary Helmreich


Cardiff Restaurant Row by Mary Helmreich


Carlsbad Coastline by Mary Helmreich


Carlsbad Rt 101 by Mary Helmreich


Cedar Fire San Diego 2003 by Mary Helmreich


Chickens at Twin Inns Carlsbad by Mary Helmreich