Helene Breebaart “I was born with brushes in my hand,” said Helene Breebaart of her love for painting. Having first arrived in Panama by way of Paris in 1969, Helene Breebaart got her start with a job for Christian Dior. She traveled the world for work until she met a man whom she’d call her husband. Since he lived in Colón, Panama, to Colón she moved. Though she had to quit her job at Dior, it was in Colón that she rediscovered her passion for painting and started to draw her dresses. “It was just natural,” she said. Helene is now based in Panama City near the popular Sortis Hotel.