HI! I'M HELEN
Here's a little bit about me and my work.
I have lived in beautiful Winchester in Hampshire, in the south of the UK for 30 years. It's a fantastic little city, with the South Downs on the doorstep and a wonderful blend of urban and rural areas. I grew up on the south coast, in Gosport, and went to Portsmouth Art College (as it was called then) where I studied Technical Illustration.
I didn't remain the the art industry though; opting instead to pay the mortgage and other bills with a regular wage. I don't regret my career, but I do wish I had continued to draw in my spare time, as now, 30 years on, I feel as if I have missed a lot of art possibilities. In 2017 the time was right to start a new chapter of my life. It wasn't going to be art related at the time, but life is unpredictable and plans had to change. It wasn't long after that I began sketching again.
I have seriously and completely fallen back in love with art and creativity. I regularly explore new mediums, try my hand at different styles, different subjects. I have a lot of catching up to do! These days I can be found almost exclusively in my studio doing something art related. Whether its a commission, a personal piece, a practice painting or an experiment, I can't seem to get enough.
Commissioned pet portraits make up the bulk of my work. These are highly detailed realistic portraits that I copy from photographs. But I do enjoy finding my own interesting and colourful subjects too.
Amazingly, I have seen some success in the few competitions I have entered. I won best in show in December 2019 for my Koi Carp drawing from the UK Coloured Pencil Society, and in 2020 won the SAA Artist of the Year Competition, Landscape & Woodland category, which was the biggest surprise and honour.
In 2021 I was invited to become a brand ambassador for Derwent. Their support means that I can continue my artistic journey and use quality products as I learn. In return, I create content and artwork for them, as well as promote the products I am using.
Do please browse my gallery, or my 'in progress' page where you can see my finished works, and work underway. Or read about my commissions process if you are interested in a personal, colourful and unique gift.
Thank you for stopping by.