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


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


Children's Pool in La Jolla by Mary Helmreich


Christmas Tree by Mary Helmreich


Christmas Tree Motherboard by Mary Helmreich


Christmas Tree with Red Mat by Mary Helmreich


Coast Hwy 101 Carlsbad California by Mary Helmreich


Coastal Swimming Pool by Mary Helmreich


Columbia Street Middletown by Mary Helmreich


Community Center at Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Coral Tree with La Jolla Shores by Mary Helmreich


Corner Kalmia and Brant by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Bay Bridge by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Beach and Navy Ships by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Boathouse by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Boathouse and Palms by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Boathouse Reflected by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Craftsman House by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Island California by Mary Helmreich


Coronado Shores by Mary Helmreich


Crystal Pier Pacific Beach by Mary Helmreich


Del Coronado Boathouse by Mary Helmreich


Christmas Stockings Ready for Santa by Mary Helmreich


Del Coronado Spirits by Mary Helmreich


Del Mar Fair at Night by Mary Helmreich


Dog Beach Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Downtown Rancho Santa Fe by Mary Helmreich


Driftwood at Torrey Pines by Mary Helmreich


El Prado in Balboa Park by Mary Helmreich


Encinitas Beach Cliffs by Mary Helmreich


Encinitas California by Mary Helmreich


Eucalyptus Trees at Batiquitos Lagoon by Mary Helmreich