I have taken two courses with Helen, a day course, and a three day course. For the day course I painted an apple, it was my first real introduction to botanical painting, but I was able to produce a painting that I was proud of. For me Helen’s teaching was ideal, pushing me through the pain barrier and fear factor of actually getting paint on paper. The three day course was more involved (painting a lily) Helen was very adaptable in gearing her teaching to my specific requirements. Although there are a few courses around, I really think there is nothing to beat the one to one teaching that Helen gives. I find that now when I am working on my own, I am remembering all the little tips and tricks! all the invaluable info about colour and composition, perhaps most importantly Helens encouragement. I now have the confidence to believe I can be a good botanical painter.