Helen was born in 1965 on Ammaroo Station. Her mother is Nelly Rubuntja Apetyarr, another artist of Ampilatwatja. Helen depicts the Dreaming stories from her grandmother’s country in her paintings. She is the niece of Wenton Rubuntja, who was a well known artist and a key figure in the land rights movement. Helen is also the cousin of the artist, Mervyn Rubuntja.
Her paintings detail waterholes on Helen’s country and the abundance of wild flowers that grow around them and in the foothills. The wild flowers are colourful and delicate and may only last a short time. Helen’s style is a fusion of a Western way of seeing the landscape but layered with the dots that have become synonymous with Aboriginal art.