The Background Story
Derby-born painter Helen Perkins was, first off, the kid who coloured the margins of her text books at school, and drew foxes and horses and trees. She loved to draw and to paint, although to begin with, like everyone, she was terrible at it.
Helen was also a child that was deeply captivated by all kinds of people and their stories. Her enthusiasm for human narratives led her to work as a journalist. For several years, she was a keen newspaper reporter and features writer, based in Kendal, Cumbria.
While reporting on stories across the North, she became a studio apprentice. She benefited greatly from listening to, and watching closely, established Royal Portrait Society painters, particularly Sam Dalby and Toby Wiggins and from continually working to improve her own drawing and painting.
Helen sharpened her draftsmanship and technical skills with repeated study at the London Atelier of Representational Art. When she was ready, she began painting full-time in London.
Her portrait work has been selected for exhibition by the Royal British Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, as well as long-listed for the BP Portrait Awards, 2016.
Recent exhibition appearances:
Helen has been selected to exhibit her work at multiple national shows. She works from her own studio in South London. Recent work selected for show has included:
Carl, oil on board - selected for the Royal Portrait Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, May 2016.
Emily, oil on canvas - selected for the Royal Portrait Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, May 2016.
Sinead, oil on canvas - longlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2016.
Carla, oil on wood - winner of the Michael Harding Painting Award 2016 and selected for the Royal British Artist show, April 2016.
Solo show, multiple works on canvas – in the centre of Kendal, summer 2015.
Lana, oil on canvas – selected for the Royal Portrait Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, May 2015.