Mary Helmreich


Encinitas, CA


Her original watercolors and limited/open edition prints are available at
Watermarks will not be reproduced on her museum quality prints you purchase here.
Her Specialty: Paintings on Commission. Ask her about a painting of your favorite view, your home, car, boat or pet. She's done hundreds over the years.

Mary Helmreich was born 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 $1,500.00, Personal $500.00
For inquiries Email

All Images Protected under U.S. Copyright © Law 1981-2019 Mary Phillips Helmreich All Rights Reserved


Manhattan Beach Pier by Mary Helmreich


California Flower Stand by Mary Helmreich


La Jolla Shores from Coast Walk by Mary Helmreich


La Valencia with Lettering by Mary Helmreich


Museum of Man with DNA Spiral by Mary Helmreich


8 Chasing 5 at Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Bighorn Sheep on Golf Course by Mary Helmreich


Vacation in Coronado California by Mary Helmreich


Torrey Pines and La Jolla by Mary Helmreich


Sunset at Oceanside Pier by Mary Helmreich


Christmas Nutcrackers by Mary Helmreich


Red Sails in the Sunset Pt Loma by Mary Helmreich


Pacific Coast Hwy Del Mar Dusk by Mary Helmreich


Batiquitos View by Mary Helmreich


Hotel Del Coronado Low Tide by Mary Helmreich


Carlsbad RT. 101 Sunny Day by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Boathouse after Sunset by Mary Helmreich


Carlsbad California by Mary Helmreich


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


Cheese Plate for a Party 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


Sagebrush Snowman with Green Mittens 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