Helen Foster

Drawing, Painting, Printmaking

Colourful contemporary abstract paintings, inspired by nature, cells, atmospheric land and seascapes plus the odd rabbit!

My art has science at its core but my inspiration is the natural world. I’m fascinated with the microcosm of the body’s cells to the macro view of land and seascapes even to the heavens. Rarely using a paintbrush, I play with materials and use scientific techniques allowing chaos to take over occasionally.

If you have ever been told that you have no talent in art, the stuff you do is weird and you should do something else in life- then just don’t listen! With such encouragement I chose science at 16. It’s led me to fascinating places with a degree in Zoology (three years drawing creatures!) and further study in Immunology-the body’s defences. For most of my life, art was always unfinished business restricted to a few sketches and daubs on holiday. Thanks to a wise friend, a career break ended up being a joyous education in art through A-level, followed by Foundation at Cambridge Regional College specialising in sculpture. In 2011 I graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University. Since then I enjoy painting, drawing and printmaking -often using the wildlife I see on chilly swims in the River Great Ouse as inspiration.

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