Biography

Helen Anderson was born in Liverpool in the 1940s. She drew and painted from the age of three; by age twelve she was designing and making her own clothes. Helen is a true hands-on creative and highly visual. This enables her to switch comfortably between disciplines as diverse as sculpture, painting, sketching, interior or technical design, and to combine them professionally, always in fresh and interesting ways.

Trained in fine art at Liverpool College of Art (alongside John Lennon and his future wife Cynthia) and Accademia delli Belli Arti di Roma, Helen originally enjoyed an exciting career as a portrait painter in Italy and the UK: she numbers a great number of celebrities, aristocrats and dignitaries among her clients. She still accepts painting commissions once or twice a year, unable to resist the allure of a fascinating face or character. In 2012, Helen was commissioned to paint Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in the year of her Diamond Jubilee.

From the early 1960s onwards, Helen was a very successful fashion designer, creating demi-couture twice yearly collections from her large design and production base in Lancashire. She was a genuine innovator, pioneering a trend for hand-cut, hand painted couture leather and suede pieces, as well as hand-painted wedding and evening gowns - to the UK market, again dressing many celebrities along the way, including The Beatles and their wives. The numerous upmarket retail aficionados of Helen’s designs included Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Sak’s Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s.

In the 1990s, newly remarried and living in beautiful rural Cheshire, Helen diversified her business to include interior design, a venture in which all of her creative skills combine with pleasing results. Relying entirely on word of mouth recommendations, Helen consults to clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, who value her expertise with antiques and period property, as well as the more contemporary or unusual pieces. Helen specialises in both sourcing and designing the perfect artefacts.

Bespoke pieces are a speciality: these “talking point” details include custom furniture (hand-finished Art Deco/1930s style cupboards and tables are a particular speciality), bespoke window treatments with individually printed blinds derived from old master or original paintings, reclaimed doors transformed into storage or hand painted tables. Helen works with a nationwide team of artisans to fabricate these pieces. Her own carefully placed paintings and sculptures are also very much in demand..

Helen’s design associate Christine Roberts, with whom she has collaborated on interiors projects for many years, creates stunning site-specific interior floral and external landscaping to complement the interiors.