Asclepius syriacaLetting Go (Common Milkweed) colored pencil on paper© 2015 Helen Byers
Quercus rubraRed Oak Leaf No. 2 graphite on paper© 2015 Helen Byers
Pyrus communisBosc Pear No. 2 colored pencil on paper© 2015 Helen Byers
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 20-year career as a writer and curriculum designer in educational publishing.
Since 2013 she has taught numerous botanical drawing and painting courses at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (MA), Concord Art (MA), and Tin Mountain Conservation Center (NH). She also teaches annually at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center (Abiquiu, NM).
Helen's drawing "Pineapple: Ananas comosus" has been selected for inclusion in the ASBA 19th Annual International Exhibition. She has work showing concurrently in "The Habitats and Wildlife of Mass Audubon Sanctuaries" (Blue Hills Trailside Museum, MA) and "The Art of Science / The Science of Art" (Massasoit Community College, MA). Other group exhibitions in which she has recently participated include "The Art of Woody Plants" (Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 2016), ASBA Small Works "¡Go Tropical!" (Miami, 2015), the New England Flower & Garden Show (Boston, 2014, 2015, 2016); and the "Frances S. Roddy" and "Members Juried" shows (Concord Art, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). Her natural history illustration credits include Coming to Terms with Archaeology and Old Bones (The Museums at Ghost Ranch: Abiquiu, NM, 2013).