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HELEN
CARTER
ARTIST

PERSONAL.  COLOURFUL.  UNIQUE.

Creating beautiful artwork in coloured pencil

 
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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.