Teacher Directory: Helen Byers


Background

Helen Byers is an artist and educator working in several genres, including 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 courses at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA). She has also taught at Concord Art (MA), Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH), Fruitlands Museums (MA), and annually at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center (NM). 

Helen's colored pencil drawing "Pineapple: Ananas comosus" was included in the ASBA 19th Annual International Exhibition. Other recent group exhibitions in which she has participated include "Flowing Florals" (Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 2017), "The Art of Woody Plants" (Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 2016), "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 "¡Go Tropical!" (Miami, 2015), the New England Flower & Garden Show (Boston, 2014-2017); and the "Frances S. Roddy" and "Members Juried" shows (Concord Art, 2011-2017). Her natural history illustration credits include Coming to Terms with Archaeology and Old Bones (The Museums at Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu, NM, 2013).

Location

Maynard, MA USA

Contact

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

Media

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

Focus

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

Affiliation

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

Offerings

Own StudioTeaches Adults

Travel Range

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

Comments

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