Portraits

Trained in fine art at Liverpool College of Art and Accademia delli Belli Arti di Roma, Helen originally enjoyed an exciting career as a portrait painter in Italy and the UK: she counts 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.

Lord Bath

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was commissioned by the city of Chester in 2012, the year of her Diamond Jubilee, in which Her Majesty visited Cheshire. Naturally, Her Majesty is wearing a guipure lace gown, imagined by Helen Anderson, which is beautifully set off by the Crown Jewels and the Order of the Garter.

This enormous oil painting of Alexander Thynn, Marquess of Bath (aka The Loins of Longleat) hangs in the Green Library at Longleat House in Wiltshire. During the 1970s he commissioned many spectacular creations in leather jackets and jerkins from Helen.

The Marquess of Bath
Zandra Rhodes

A large painting of Zandra Rhodes, the legendary British fashion designer and founder of The Fashion Museum London , reclining on a couch, resplendent in her shocking signature pink.

This portrait shows Sir Bob Geldof in a richly-textured costume (on loan from The National Theatre) at his A-list “exotica” themed 50th birthday party in England. Posing here with Bob is a python, on loan from snake dancer Solariss Ade, who performed on the evening. This painting now hangs at Bob’s home, Davington Priory, in Faversham.

Sir Bob Geldof
Bridal Portrait

A portrait of a beautiful bride wearing a wedding dress also created by Renaissance woman Helen Anderson for her big day in a Scottish Highlands castle.

A 1962 portrait of Antonio Segni, incoming President of the Republic. Commissioned by Roman newspaper Settecolli, upon his election for a second term.

Antonio Segni

 


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The John Lennon Connection

Helen attended Liverpool Junior Art School from age 12. In year 3, aged just 15, she received her first professional portrait commission: to paint pop star Lonnie Donnegan, aka The Skiffle King. A few months later, her second official portrait client was Mike “The Bike” Hailwood, the extraordinary British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, then aged just 17.

Helen advanced to Liverpool College of Art, where she was immediately ambushed by John Lennon, who asked “are you the girl that painted Lonnie Donnegan?”. Lonnie was John’s inspiration when he formed his first group, The Quarrymen: thus began a beautiful friendship. Helen is referenced in multiple biographies of John Lennon and also in “A Twist of Lennon” the memoirs of the late and greatly missed Cynthia Lennon (Helen’s friend since Junior Art School).

Four fabulous years later, Helen graduated with a degree in fine arts and painting, before winning a scholarship to continue her studies at the prestigious Accademia delli Belli Arti di Roma.

Fifteen months in Rome proved a thriling and glamorous experience, with Helen painting a number of fascinating people. Her most memorable portrait commission was from Settecolli (a national newspaper) to paint Antonio Segni, the newly-elected president of the republic.

Helen always had a love of and instinctive talent for fashion design and was constantly complimented by the Italians on her stylish leather and suede outfits, rustled up on her little sewing machine in Rome, and frequently hand-painted. Suddenly, a parallel career developed. Working freelance, Helen was hired by the couture house of Fontana (still in situ beside the Spanish Steps) to paint onto beautiful silks, which were whipped up into magical gowns for the stars of Cinecitta. Fascinated by the business, Helen observed and learned about couture, which propelled her towards her next venture (see Fashion).