A textile designer-turned-teacher, Helen attended the English Gardening School in the Chelsea Physic Garden where she gained the prestigious Diploma in Botanical Painting and Illustration.

Helen was the Course Director of the diploma course in Botanical Illustration and Painting for 8 years, retiring from the school in December 2012.  In January 2014 Helen opened a new school, The Chelsea School of Botanical Art, at the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Diploma Course is now in its fifth year under her tutelage.  The school also runs a variety of Short Courses and Masterclasses throughout the year.