Helen had always haunted the artroom at school, but was steered firmly towards her family tradition of Modern Languages. She studied French and Italian at London University and went into teaching. She discovered etching through Adult Education classes and it was, she says, ‘love at first bite’. A chance submission of work to Greenwich Printmakers changed her professional life completely and by 1990 she had moved from Head of Modern Languages to a full-time career in printmaking. Recently, after almost 25 years of etching, she sold her press and experimented with new directions for several years. Ten minutes into a coloured pencil course with SBA artist Roger Reynolds, something clicked into place and she has been working in the medium ever since.
Helen’s inspiration has always been her love of plants and wild countryside. Her coloured etchings on copper plate featured the local flora and her first works in coloured pencil were inspired by the berries and leaves of autumn. She has now returned to landscape with a new medium that she has made very much her own. Her slightly retro, illustrative combination of ink and coloured pencil is more than a little reminiscent of etching.
Helen joined Greenwich Printmakers in 1985 and exhibited with them for 23 years, becoming a Founder Member of South Bank Printmakers a few years later. She was a member of the Society of Women Artists for many years and was elected to the Society of Botanical Artists in 1990. In 2008 her etchings received the President’s Award. She has exhibited in galleries and exhibitions throughout the UK and abroad. She now teaches ink and coloured pencil landscape on her courses.