HI! I'M HELEN
Here's a little bit about me and my work.
I rekindled my love of art and creativity in 2017 after leaving a successful and happy career in Local Government. Art is a long way from the spreadsheets and finances I used to work on...though perhaps not if you imagine the creativity needed!
Fast forward to 2019 and I'm drawing more things, and taking commissions and I'm really enjoying myself. I won an award, I joined some groups and I was picking up skills from some of the best colour pencil artists out there. 2020 arrived and I won another award and I joined more groups and continued to work hard, specialising in realism with coloured pencils, but always trying new things.
It's 2023 now, and I am still experimenting. I am beginning to find my artistic voice, and I have a solid set of skills behind me. My work is always colourful, mostly unusual and often complex. Colour Pencils will always be a favourite for realism, but I enjoy exploring other ideas in other ways with other mediums. I write a semi-regular blog where I discuss ideas and topics that excite me, and a monthly newsletter where I can reach people who are interested in my work.
I am proud to be an Artist Ambassador for Derwent, a position that enables me to continue to grow. I am also an award winning member of the International Guild of Realism and the UK Coloured Pencil Society.
I have loved being part of the online artist community, and always try to encourage people in their exploration of art. I am now passing on my knowledge via teaching workshops, tutorials and 1:1s. I do LIVE videos and have a fledgling YouTube channel too.
If you are interested in organising a workshop, interested in personalised 1:1 support, do get in touch.