A graduate of Wrexham College of Art & Design in 1987 gaining a HND Visual Communication Studies Design/Illustration certificate after 4 years of study. Was then employed by advertising agencies as a Finished Artist in Chester and Wrexham. In 1990 moved to Central Scotland and worked as a Senior Visual Arts Assistant in the MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling University. A position held for 5 years until the arrival of her first daughter.
A fan of the 1980’s group ‘Japan’ and the solo career of David Sylvian, her claim to fame is producing the artwork for the fanzine ‘Bamboo’ and for David Sylvian’s 1988 tour book ‘Eighty Days’.
Took a break to be a mum to 3 daughters.
In 2007 returned to work as a freelance art tutor for a local children’s charity DAFFODILS – children and young adults with additional needs, a position still held today. Also worked part-time as a Classroom Assistant and returned to college one day a week to update her qualifications.
In February 2011 set up Art Club for Children delivering art workshops for children aged 7 upwards in Flint, Mold, Denbigh, Mynydd Isa, and Prestatyn. As well as Art Club for Children, beginners art sessions for adults held weekly in Flint Library and the W.I Hall in Mynydd Isa in the Spring of 2011.
Helen gained her teaching practice through Flintshire County Council providing Art as Therapy sessions with adults with additional needs. This experience has led to regular weekly 1:1 art sessions with young adults which suits Helen’s ‘soft’ approach to teaching art.
Exhibited regularly since 2009 both as part of a group and as an individual, including Helfa Gelf since 2012 as part of The Cilcain Artisans Café.
A prize winner for the annual V&A competition celebrating Adult Learner’s Week, and was also nominated for a City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence 2010/11.
Artwork is inspired by the Welsh landscape; its textures, colours, shapes, and climate. Working in mixed media and experimenting with different medium to achieve different effects. Helen has recently worked on a series of paintings based on the North Wales Coastal footpath around Flint Castle and inspired by Turner who also painted there.
Helen’s Art Club for Children sessions are held in Mynydd Isa most Thursday’s during the school holiday’s. Saturday twice a month, and some Tuesday’s during the school holiday’s in Flint Library, Helen also plans an advanced Art Club for teenagers in Flint from October 2014. Once every month in Mold, and Denbigh and Prestatyn during the school holiday’s.
Adult Beginners Classes run weekly as a 4 week block ongoing. Every Monday afternoon during Term Time in Mynydd Isa, Tuesday morning’s in Flint Library, and Mynydd Isa every Thursday evening. Classes are limited to 8. Flint is full but spaces available in Mynydd Isa.