Helen Inez Siebert Brooks (b. 1914) was born in Richmond, VA. Seibert studied at the ASL in NYC and privately with Arthur Dove before her marriage to Charles Brookes in 1936. In 1940 the couple moved to Marin County, CA. A plain-air painter during her early years, she later experimented with abstraction and other modern art forms.
In France from 1937 to 1939, Brooks met some of the most brilliant literary and artistic personalities in Europe, including Picasso, Braque, Leger, Gertrude Stein and her circle included Hemingway, Dos Passos, and Cocteau. Moreover, once they returned to the United States, there would often socialize in Westport, Connecticut, with Sinclair Lewis, Randolph Bourne, and other affluent peers.
Her auspicious career ended by 1949; a doctor diagnosed her as a schizophrenic; it was untreatable during that time. Siebert was 35 when she received the diagnosis and had recently brought a child into the world. Tragically, she spent the rest of her life hospitalized in a New England hospital, and peacefully passed away on a park bench nearly 40 years later.