about the artist


Helen Hanson taught Languages before becoming a professional printmaker. She exhibited with Greenwich Printmakers for 23 years and was a founder member of South Bank Printmakers, with work in galleries throughout the UK. She is a former Council Member of the Society of Women Artists, a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists and winner of the President’s Award for her etching. Helen was for many years Administrator of Florum, an annual exhibition for artists inspired by plant life.

In her landscape etchings, pattern, texture and mood give a sense of place and regional flora are always important. After many years spent turning the press, Helen now specialises in landscape using ink and coloured pencil. This evolved as a natural successor to etching and she has made this unusual combination of media very much her own.

Helen is now enjoying a different sort of teaching, with a range of courses introducing ink and coloured pencil in landscape. She tutors at Higham Hall in Cumbria, Missenden College of Creative Arts and for the Field Studies Council. She is currently writing a book on landscape in ink and coloured pencil commissioned by Crowood Press. Botanical coloured pencil remains a parallel interest and she tutors a well-established local course in Deal. Keep an eye on the exhibitions and tuition pages for updates.