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. 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 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


North County Coastline by Mary Helmreich


North County Coastline Revisited by Mary Helmreich


Oceanside California by Mary Helmreich


Oceanside Harbor by Mary Helmreich


Oceanside Pier by Mary Helmreich


Old Del Mar Race Track by Mary Helmreich


Olivenhain Meeting House by Mary Helmreich


Pacific Coast Hwy Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Paddock at Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Pala Mesa Golf Course by Mary Helmreich


Palm Springs Golf Course with Mt San Jacinto by Mary Helmreich


Paradise at the Hotel Del Coronado by Mary Helmreich


Penasquitos Lagoon with Clouds by Mary Helmreich


Point Loma Lighthouse by Mary Helmreich


Point Loma Rocks Waves and Seagulls by Mary Helmreich


Ponto Beach Carlsbad California by Mary Helmreich


Powerhouse Beach Del Mar Blue by Mary Helmreich


Powerhouse Beach Del Mar Lilac by Mary Helmreich


Rancho Santa Fe California by Mary Helmreich


Rancho Santa Fe Center by Mary Helmreich


Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course by Mary Helmreich


Ranunculi in Carlsbad by Mary Helmreich


Robert's Cottages Oceanside by Mary Helmreich


Roller Coaster Mission Beach by Mary Helmreich


Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber by Mary Helmreich


Sacred Heart Church Coronado by Mary Helmreich


San Diego Fantasy by Mary Helmreich


San Diego Skyline and Convention Ctr by Mary Helmreich


San Diego Skyline with Meridien by Mary Helmreich


San Diego Yacht Club by Mary Helmreich


San Elijo and Hwy 101 by Mary Helmreich


San Elijo and Manchester Ave by Mary Helmreich


San Elijo Campground Cardiff by Mary Helmreich


San Francisco Tiburon Ferry by Mary Helmreich


San Pasquale House by Mary Helmreich


Sandman Snowman by Mary Helmreich


Santa Fe Depot San Diego by Mary Helmreich


Scripps Pier La Jolla by Mary Helmreich


SD County Administration Building by Mary Helmreich


SD Skyline Pen and Ink by Mary Helmreich


Sea View Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Seagrove Park Del Mar by Mary Helmreich


Seagull and Point Loma by Mary Helmreich


Self Realization Fellowship Encinitas by Mary Helmreich


Seventh Avenue in San Diego by Mary Helmreich


Shell Beach La Jolla by Mary Helmreich


Shelter at Wind 'n Sea Beach LJ by Mary Helmreich


Solana Beach California by Mary Helmreich