Helen Allen trained originally as a textile designer. After some years as a primary school teacher in London and Scotland, she ran her own catering business in south-east London and the City, followed by a number of years in medical research.
Once her children were on the brink of leaving school, Helen studied for and received the prestigious Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. 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.
Among Helen’s students some have gone on to exhibit internationally, win RHS gold medals, one has founded a Florilegium Society and another to illustrate for Curtis’ Botanical Magazine. Several past students now teach and assist on the Diploma Course.
Helen works from her studio at home in Ham where she holds classes in botanical painting and workshops by well-known visiting botanical artists. She also enjoys travelling as a guest teacher in Europe and the USA.
Helen is an active member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and teaches workshops at their annual conferences.
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