My name is Helen Cousins and I am a botanical illustrator and designer living in Kent, England. I have been studying botanical art since I was 18 years old, and painting for a lot longer than that! I was instantly drawn to the synergy of art and science that it represented.
Now 27, the harmony of science and art is an ongoing theme in my life, as I continued to pursue botanical illustration whilst studying to become a doctor. Alongside my medical degree I completed the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma, graduating with a distinction and the Award For Excellence the same year I graduated from university. Since graduating, I have continued to practice the skills I have learnt, and over the last few years I have found the desire to share the knowledge and skills in botanical illustration which I have developed with others.
One of the main reasons I am so keen to share the art of botanical illustration is because I strongly believe in the benefits that sitting down and painting - and creating art - can have on our well-being. As a practicing medical doctor I have a keen insight into the significant impact of mental health problems in the UK, and I have had the privilege, along with teams of other professionals, of helping individuals through their recovery. Clearly there is more substance and complexity to our mental health than painting a picture - but from first hand experience I have seen how the physical act of putting pencil, pen or paint to paper can be meditative, reduce stress, provide a sense of achievement, and generate a wonderful sense of community.
I imagine myself working as a doctor and artist for the foreseeable future. I plan to run local workshops in botanical illustration, as well as work on my own ideas and projects. Currently I am working on a series of complex floral bouquets. I also accept personal and commercial commissions.
I'm so grateful for you for taking a few moments out of your busy day to browse my space here on the internet. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to get in touch!