by Mercedes Helnwein
Mercedes Helnwein is an artist and writer who was born in Vienna, Austria. Daughter to celebrated artist Gottfried Helnwein, Mercedes spent her teen years in Ireland, recently adding Los Angeles as a second home. Her detailed drawings have been described by the press as "photo-realistic delicacies," "lucid fairy-tales," "haunting," "southern Gothic," "evocative" and "unexpected." Her self-portraits have been compared to Cindy Sherman and her sense of quiet drama to Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allen Poe. Helnwein's debut novel, The Potential Hazards of Hester Day, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. You can find more of her work at her website, MercedesHelnwein.com, and on MySpace.