Helen Byers is an award-winning artist and educator who was born in Brazil and grew up in the California Bay Area and Mexico. She earned graduate degrees in English at UC Santa Barbara and later lived on the Olympic Peninsula (WA) and near Boston. She now lives in northern New Mexico.
Helen’s background includes book illustration; art journalism; college-level teaching of fine art, literature, and writing; and a career as an educational author and editor. Since 2012 she has focused on botanical and natural science illustration.
She has taught at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center (NM) since 2005. She has also taught many courses at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA), Concord Center for the Visual Arts (MA), Fruitlands Museums (MA), Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH), Santa Fe Botanical Garden, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (NM). She also teaches online.
Helen’s botanical art has shown with international exhibitions of Filoli and the 19th and 26th ASBA Internationals. She has exhibited with ASBA Small Works shows in St. Louis, San Francisco, and Miami; with the New England Society of Botanical Artists at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Boston Flower Show, and other venues; and online with the Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists.