Helen Turner was born in Prestwick in 1937.

When she left school she joined the design studios of James Templeton and attended Glasgow School of Art in the evenings from 1952 to 1960 - studying drawing, still life and portraiture under Trevor Mackinson and William Gallagher.

Continuing her career she became a documented designer in Aubusson and Beauvais - travelling extensively throughout the world. Helen's designs can be seen in the Waldorf Astoria, the Turnberry Hotel and the San Francisco Opera House.

She eventually gave up design work to become a full-time painter.

Her Scottish landscape paintings are rich both in subject matter and tone and she captures the mood of the moments weather with highly effective use of light and shade. Her versatility means she moves with ease to still life and stunning floral work that show a mature eye in terms of composition and a natural skill in execution. Over the years she has developed her own mature style and her work is readily identifiable and accomplished.

Helen was awarded The Paisley Art Institute Diploma PAI in 2000 and became President PPAI the following year in 2001. She is also a lay member of The Glasgow Institute and an Artist Member of The Glasgow Society of Women Artists GSWA. Helen exhibits regularly in galleries from Pitlochry to London and in France, Russia and Hong Kong.

Helen won the East Linton Award and was commended in the Soroptomists Fine Art Awards in 1992. Her work is in many private collections throughout the world and also within corporate collections including Robert Fleming Holdings, Dunedin Fund Managers and Lloyds Banking Group.