From an early age Helen was always drawing and painting and fascinated by natural form and colour. When at school Helen was happiest and most comfortable in her Art Classes. It seemed a natural choice to pursue a career in Art and Design. After completing a Foundation course in Art and Design Helen then graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Printed Textile Design at Leicester Polytechnic in 1983. Initially Helen worked as a freelance watercolour artist and was represented by the Francis Kyle Gallery in London participating in themed exhibitions one being Ten British Watercolourists which took place in Bilbao Fine Art Museum 1987. Helen also worked for G.P.& J Baker, Sanderson and John Lewis designing predominantly floral soft furnishings and wallpapers.
After moving from London to rural Leicestershire to raise her family Helen made the transition from Textile Designer to Painting. This transition has allowed her to concentrate on developing her work as a watercolour artist. Through this development Helen has become increasingly interested in depicting the detail, colour and form of plant life. Watercolour as a medium with its clarity and gentle merging of colour has an unpredictability, which Helen finds both challenging and exciting. Working from her home studio Helen’s still lifes are inspired by nature and the seasons, incorporating collections of plants and objects such as leaves, flowers, branches, nests all found on daily walks, in her garden or on holiday. Helen also has a collection of British Ceramic Wares, which often have a place within her compositions.
She is a fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists and exhibited in the Society of Botanical Artists Plantae Exhibition 2019, which took place at the Mall Galleries in London. Helen exhibits currently at Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. Exhibitions include October 2020 ‘Found in Nature’ and October 2022 joint exhibition, both alongside Gael Sellwood.
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