Helen was born in Reading PA in 1895 and lived the majority of her life in Albuquerque New Mexico. She is known for many of her excellent landscape scenes from many places she traveled. She graduated from Philadelphia School of Design for Women in 1923 and studied abroad with a group in Florence Italy.
After her graduation Paul Ancona followed her on her travels to Europe and after patiently waiting for their license from the Archbishop of Canterbury they were married in St. George’s Hanover Square in London.
She continued her studies in art at the University of New Mexico from 1941-44 with Raymond Jonson, Kenneth Adams and Randall Davey.
Other artists Helen knew and studied with included; Kenneth Nack, George Bridgeman and Henry Snell, Leopold Seyffert and Lucile Howard.