Ilkley artist, Helen Brayshaw, works predominantly in oil paint and has a particular interest in still life; fruit is a recurring subject, although she also paints other subjects, including landscape.
One of her paintings, ‘Halved Acocado’ (see image below) was bought by the Duchess of Cornwall in 2017 at the Open Exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, where Helen’s work was displayed.
Helen’s childhood was spent in Dorset and after completing her A levels she attended Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, where she completed an Art Foundation Course. She studied Fashion Design with Marketing at the University of East London, graduating with a first class honours degree in 1991.
She worked in London as a fashion buyer before moving to Yorkshire with her husband and two daughters. She completed a MA Fine Art degree at the University of Leeds in 2016 and now combines painting with part-time employment as a regional retail sales executive and consultant.
In addition to the Open Exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery, Helen’s work has featured in the Ilkley Art Trail, 2016.