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ABOUT ME

Helen Campbell Botanical Artist, Illustrator & Tutor

I picked up a paintbrush for the first time back 2009. I had no idea what I wanted to paint. It was very frustrating because I knew in my heart that I wanted to paint professionally – but I simply didn’t know where to begin. I often wondered at this stage if I should ditch this hare-brained idea and immerse myself in my day job – but it was too late – I was already smitten! Eventually I decided to paint flowers but it soon became apparent that the loose style of painting simply wasn’t for me. It was at this time I started to think about botanical art.

Having bought a few books, I began to practice, but was always disappointed with the results. I needed the work to be much more structured and tighter. So, after a good deal of practice I developed my famous ‘pull and wiggle’ technique – a method that I now teach to my students.

During 2010 I approached Westons Cider who produce cider and perry at their factory in Much Marcle, Herefordshire – the timing was perfect as they were seeking to record their orchard fruit, for prosperity. The collaboration was a resounding success. I suppose you could say this is where it all began.

In 2012 I gave up my job in the legal profession to devote my time to painting professionally and have never looked back.

I work entirely from photographs – this makes my job so much easier. I begin by taking an overall compositional shot, followed by a series of close ups so that I have an accurate record of each section. From this, I produce an accurate, clean drawing. Once I am happy with it, I begin to paint!

My paintings have a modern, contemporary feel and are often larger than life.

For further information please contact me via the contact page.

Career highlights to date:

  • Grand prize winner American Art Collector.
  • Awarded silver-gilt medal by The Royal Horticultural Society
  • Regular contributor/features writer for The Leisure Painter Magazine
  • Published on greetings cards by The Whistlefish Galleries
  • Commissioned by Westons Cider
  • Freelance illustration for The English Garden Magazine
  • Exhibited work at both The Bankside Gallery and The Royal West of England Academy