Helen Greene Blumenschein lived in both New York City and Taos, moving to Taos at the age of ten in 1919. She had an early interest in art, pursuing that focus she graduated from the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. In 1929, Helen traveled to Europe with her mother and studied with Andre Lhote. Retuning to Taos, she focused on lithography and silk screening and took lesson in the subjects at the Art Students League for part of each year from 1932 to 1934.
In addition to the Southwest landscapes, her paintings have a wide range of subjects including scenes of Europe and New York, as well as landscapes of Arizona and Grand Tetons. She worked in a variety of mediums: oil, watercolor, ink, silkscreen, lithography and charcoal. Helen exhibited extensively, and venues included the National Academy of Design, Carnegie Institute, Paris Salon, New York World Fair, and Venice, Italy. She was also very active with the Taos Historical Society and the New Mexico Archaeological Society and wrote articles that were published on those subjects.