A SCIENCE teacher who combines the laws of physics with her love for the Yorkshire coast to create stunning works of art has opened an exhibition at Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC).

Helen Costello’s oil and acrylic paintings, featuring seascapes and seabirds also carries an important conservation message.

As both a retired science teacher and fine art graduate, Helen prides herself on putting paid to the idea that a knowledge of science destroys beauty.

She said: “There is a commonly held view that a knowledge of science somehow destroys the beauty. On the contrary, it enhances it. Both start with observation of the natural world.

“Physics strives to find truth to help understand things and art is a consideration and appreciation of their beauty,” she said.

Helen takes her inspiration from the seascapes, landscapes and seabirds of the East Yorkshire coast, notably those surrounding her home in Sewerby, Bridlington.

“Observation inspires my work, for example watching seabirds soar and bank on the updraft from Bempton, or being aware of the tranquil beauty from the beach,” she said.

As a Leeds University physics graduate Helen combined a teaching career with studying fine art part-time, eventually gaining a formal qualification in fine art from Durham University.

Helen was head of science at a school before returning to university to study visual arts, but retained her love of science.

She hopes visitors to ‘Whose World Is It?’ will take a moment to think about the plight of seabirds.

“Every visitor brings their own experience to every artwork. Some will respond to a representation of the nature that they love,” Helen said.

“Others will see and appreciate the atmosphere. Still others will be interested in the various techniques employed.

“I hope visitors will pause to consider the drastic reduction in seabirds and how this affects our coastal region.”

‘Whose World Is It?’ runs until Thursday, March 28. Entry is free, during opening hours only.

For further information about PAC’s exhibitions, and for opening times, visit www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk