February 23, 2017

Kangaroo Paws – SOLD

I watched as he sang his heart out. It took my breath away. I was sold. She sat and listened for a while… & unimpressed flew […]
February 23, 2017
Artist Hela Donela - photo credit Chilli Donela (11yo)

Interviewed for SBS Finnish radio

I said yes. My only concern was: would I come up with the right words in Finnish? Karl Mattas is a Finnish born artist who lives, […]
December 16, 2016
smell of lavender, original painting by hela donela

The smell of lavender

Early summer at my friend’s vineyard. MEDIUM AND MATERIALS USED: acrylic, egg shells, metal wire and stainless steel staples on gallery stretched, 500gsm, 100% linen SIZE: […]
December 11, 2016


First I painted this in my dream. Then – awake. MEDIUM AND MATERIALS USED: acrylic, bushfire ash and eggshells on 100% gallery linen SIZE: Approx size […]
December 11, 2016
resilience, original painting by hela donela

Resilience – SOLD

The ash was still giving out heat. The smoke was still in the air. But from the land that never gives up yellow flowers were emerging. […]
December 1, 2016

“CALLALA 16” media release by Benton Sands

“CALLALA 16” works by Hela Donela. exhibition & sale AT BENTON SANDS, CALLALA BEACH 26 DEC 2016 TO 8 JAN 2017 On behalf of the owners […]
November 22, 2016

South Coast Aspects 4/4: SKY

One of the things I love most about South Coast is the sky, the clouds and its moods… and especially the haze that allows US to […]
November 18, 2016
original painting by Hela Donela - South Coast Aspects 3/4: SMOKE

South Coast Aspects 3/4: SMOKE

The wind was pushing the fire front aggressively. We packed a “go-bag” and evacuated to a safer area. Watching the smoke we wondered… “would there be […]
November 13, 2016
callala smoke - 9x5 impressionistic painting by hela donela

Callala Smoke – SOLD

I had planned to paint of Currarong fires a few weeks prior – but as it happened, we found ourselves surrounded by bushfires – right here […]