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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 member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a winner of the President’s Award for her etching.

Her contemporary landscape etchings use pattern, texture and mood to give a sense of place and regional plantlife is always important. Each etching on copper plate is inked and printed individually, often with plant colours added in watercolour.

After many years spent turning the press, Helen is now working in ink and coloured pencil. This evolved naturally via botanical studies, mixed media and coloured pencil in her search for a natural successor to etching. You can follow her steep learning curve on the blog page. She now loves the slightly retro, illustrative quality of ink combined with the subtleties of coloured pencil.