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Born in Rochester, Indiana on July 2, 1895. The Hoffman family settled in Berkeley, California when Helen was quite young. At an early age she married Otto Rousseau, a horse trainer. She studied painting at UC, Pomona College, and the CSFA. At the latter she was most influenced by Otis Oldfield whose influence is seen in her early work. Her paintings from 1925 were modernist scenes of the San Francisco Bay area; whereas, in 1951 she returned to the California School of Fine Art to study under David Park and from that time painted in the figurative style of Park. In 1968 she retired to Santa Barbara and remained there until her demise on December 19, 1992. ASSOCIATIONS: California Water Color Society; Marin Society of Artists; San Francisco Women Artists; Santa Barbara Art Association; California Art Club; Whittier Art Association; Women Painters of the West; Long Beach Art Association; Artists Guild of Southern California. EXHIBITIONS: Oakland Art Gallery, 1932; Long Beach Art Association, 1939-45 (awards); Artists of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1942, 1961; Long Beach Art Association, 1943 (1st prize); Artists Guild of Southern California, 1948; Pasadena Museum, 1956, 1957, 1960; California State Fair, 1956, 1959, 1960; Los Angeles Art Association, 1960; San Francisco Art Association, 1960-63. Sources: Art of California, Nov. 1991; Kovinick, Santa Barbara Press, 12-23-1992 (obit). Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"