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Helen Ainsworth


Born 1962

1981-84 attended Canterbury College of Art - BA hons, Fine Art, Sculpture
1984-85 Cyprus College of Art - Postgraduate Diploma
1986-88 Tutor in Community Art, Wrexham
1988-99 Lecturer, Wrexham College of Art

In 1999 my husband and I moved to Crete to concentrate on painting and drawing.


I have used coloured pencil since I was a young child, a new pack of coloured pencils was a family Christmas tradition! After time spent concentrating on Sculpture I renewed my interest in colour pencil while teaching students on the BTEC First Diploma. At present I am mainly working on portraits of friends and neighbours. My favourite pencils are Karisma, but as they are no longer available I am experimenting with other makes.

November 2016

Barlia or Robert's Giant Orchid. 26 x 37cm. Prisma and Luminance pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.

Ophrys Tenthredinifera. Luminence pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum

© Helen Ainsworth

Barlia Orchid