ABOUT

HELEN MILLAR

 

 

After studying for a Degree in Printed Textile Design at Leicester 1980-1983, 

I worked as a freelance watercolour artist and was represented by the Francis Kyle Gallery in London. I completed commissions for clients and participated in themed exhibitions, one being "Ten British Watercolourists" which took place in Bilbao Fine Art Museum, Bilbao, Spain. I then worked as a textile designer for G.P. & J Baker in London designing predominantly floral furnishing fabrics and wallpapers. This enabled me to learn the traditional methods of textile drawing in watercolour working closely with historical designs from their own archive collections. I also worked as a freelance textile designer for Sanderson and John Lewis Partnership.

 

I now live in Leicestershire with my family and wire-fox terrier Stanley. I have always been inspired by natural elements combined with my collection of British Ceramic Ware from the 1930's. I paint from life and particularly enjoy the clarity and freshness that watercolour paint can produce. I feel my textile design background has greatly influenced the way I work continuing my fascination with organic pattern, colour and the discipline of observational drawing.