Portraits Africa | Gretha Helberg

Gretha HelbergArtist Gretha Helberg, Hopefield, South Africa

Gretha Helberg, Hopefield, South Africa

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 Art has always been a part of me. I liked drawing things from an early age - I remember trying to capture the beauty of the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, my country of birth when I was a mere four years old! I think it is the whole process of being immersed in my work while creating it, my eyes see something, my heart gets a feeling for the subject and then, the final stage, my hands make the artwork. Sometimes I dream of a new painting or etching and start on it the next day! Life inspires me - people around me, wildlife in their wild surroundings, nature, the sea, the beauty of God's creations - I try to capture this all in my art. 

I love to paint atmospheric seascapes and landscapes, and also do portraits on commission.  I am also a keen printmaker. I have been doing printmaking from the age of 14. With my polymer etchings, I make use of the sun’s exposure to develop the etching plate, (not hazardous acid baths as used in the traditional process of developing copper plates for printmaking). After inking and printing the etching plate on dampened etching paper in my home-based printmaking studio, I hand-colour each etching with water-soluble oil paint. My available etchings are on my website and I ship them worldwide. My work is already in collectors’ homes all over Europe and I am represented by an art agent in Manhattan who invited me for a solo exhibition there in June 2018. I have never been overseas, so I am looking forward to exhibiting there! I am blessed and thankful for all the opportunities - all the glory to God, if not for Him, all this would not have been possible.



Contact the artist via Keith McFarlane (Portraits Africa) at editor@negativeentropy.net who will provide an introduction. Artist and buyer are free to negotiate on both subject and price While the artist has provided a guide-price or price indication, the first step in any commission is that artist and buyer agree the price, size, subject and materials of the composition and its delivery date. Portraits Africa will then request the agreed commission fee from the buyer, and on receipt of that fee will advise the artist to start work. The fee will not be released to the artist until the work has been completed and delivered to the buyer. Should a dispute arise between artist and buyer, it is Portraits Africa that will adjudicate. For the service prospectus, Terms & Conditions, see Commissioning a Portrait.


Paper | Board Size

Pencil | Charcoal

Oil | Acrylics

A4 210 mm x 297 mm 8.3" x 11.7" USD 150 USD 250

297 mm x 420 mm

11.7" x 16.2" USD 250 USD 300
A2 420 mm x 594 mm 16.5" x 23.4" USD 350 USD 500
A1 594 mm x 842 mm 23.4" x 33.1" USD 600 USD 1,000




  1. These are guide prices. They are not binding on the artist, but are intended to set the buyer’s expectations prior to the artist being contacted.
  2. Prices will vary with the materials used, with the number of subjects (complexity) and with the overall size.
  3. Prices do not include shipping, packing, framing or insurance costs. These should be itemised separately and the total price agreed up-front.
  4. Portraits Africa will not involve itself in the matter of the commission price. The service offered relates only to the delivery of the finished portrait and to assuring the quality of the work produced.