WHO IS HELEN?
Helen Chester is a freelance artist and illustrator
based in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside
Helen Chester studied Fine Art at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, on gaining her BA (Hons) Degree she worked in art restoration studios where she developed her love of history and the decorative arts. During her time in Cardiff she exhibited regularly and had work purchased by The Cardiff Bay Arts Trust as a piece of public art for a building in the Bay (this was under her maiden name, Helen Kerley).
Since moving back to Wiltshire, where she lives with her husband and young children, Helen has continued to work as a freelance artist and illustrator, building a good reputation for her dramatic landscapes, often incorporating ancient images of White Horses & Hares, striking portraiture and bold design work, exhibiting at museums across the country, such as Aldershot Military Museum and recently showed her Waterloo Uncovered portraits at The Royal Chelsea Hospital.
Helen Chester has gained recognition for her striking portraits, which not only show a representation of the individual but also includes vignettes from the individual’s life. Her series, The Everyday Tommy, depicts men and women who's lives were taken or changed forever by the First World War, receiving Heritage Lottery Funding towards the project and first exhibition of the work. The Everyday Tommy exhibition toured the UK during the centenary commemorations.
Through her personal experience of being diagnosed with PTSD seven years ago, Helen has worked on a series depicting veterans with the illness and sets out to illustrate the plight of the brave men & women from the armed forces suffering with this destructive mental health condition.
In contrast, Helen continues to paint the image of her beloved Westbury White Horse.