HELEN FRYER was born in Fletchertown, Cumbria, in 1969 and she grew up within West Cumbria, an area which has strongly influenced the art she now produces.
Leaving Cumbria aged 18, to study at the University of Manchester, Helen was to eventually settle in Edinburgh; she now splits her time between Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye, looking to get out of the city as often as possible. A keen mountaineer, she has ‘bagged’ all the Munros. She also enjoys exploring the west coast of Scotland in her small yacht. With family ties remaining in West Cumbria, Helen also spends much time in and around the areas in which she grew up and she still finds inspiration there.
In 1998 Helen’s passion for painting took a stronger hold and she began to widen her approach to what she was doing. She describes this development. ‘I started to play around with materials, giving up watercolours and experimenting with chalk pastel, acrylic paint and more recently acrylic inks. I found that I was using brushes less and less, increasingly using my hands to dab, push and smooth out colour. Old credit cards, kitchen towels, crochet hooks and hairdryers all play a part in my painting. Painting is often messy with a random energy, letting the paint do its own thing and then working with the shapes it gives me.”
Helen has exhibited widely, especially in Scotland the north of England.