Teacher Directory: Helen Byers


Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator working in botanical drawing and painting and natural history illustration.  Her professional background includes teaching of art and literature at the college level, art journalism, book illustration, and a career as a writer and editor in educational publishing.

Since 2012 she has been an instructor of botanical drawing and painting at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA). She has also taught at Concord Center for the Visual Arts (MA), Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center (NM), Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH), and Fruitlands Museums (MA). 

Helen had two watercolors ("Castilleja linariifolia, Indian Paintbrush" and "Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower") included in the 19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli (2017). Her colored pencil drawing "Ananas comosus, Pineapple" was included in the 19th Annual International Exhibition of the ASBA & the Hort (2016).  Other exhibitions in which she has recently taken part include RAW/plants: A Feast of Botanical Art (South Shore Art Center, MA, 2017), "The Art of Woody Plants" (Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, 2016), "Flowing Florals" (Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 2017), "The Habitats and Wildlife of Mass Audubon Sanctuaries" (Blue Hills Trailside Museum, MA, 2016), "The Art of Science / The Science of Art" (Massasoit Community College, MA, 2016), ASBA Small Works "Golden Gate to Garden Gate" (San Francisco, 2017; Honorable Mention Award) and "¡Go Tropical!" (Miami, 2015), and the New England Flower & Garden Show (Boston, 2014-2017). Her natural history illustration credits include Coming to Terms with Archaeology and Old Bones (The Museums at Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu, NM, 2013).


Maynard, MA USA


Phone: (978) 897-6577 Email: helizabyers@gmail.com Website: http://www.helenbyers.com


watercolor, colored pencil, pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink


botanical drawings & paintings (plants, flowers, vegetables, seedpods, fungi); natural history drawings & paintings of fauna (animals, insects), bones, shells, stones, etc.


The American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, Concord Center for the Visual Arts


Own StudioTeaches AdultsTeaches Children Ages Teens, 14+ Critiques offered

Travel Range

U.S. (including Alaska & Hawaii) and International


Visit Helen's website for a listing of her current course offerings, testimonials, and slideshows of students' work.