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Helga Crouch

Botanical artist
Watercolour

My home is near Saffron Walden, East Anglia. As a botanical artist I portray the wild flowers, fruits and insects, all within my conservation garden. The small imperfections of nature are faithfully recorded in watercolour on paper and vellum. Some original paintings are available together with limited edition prints and unlimited editions in various formats.

As a child born in wartime London, my Estonian mother, an artist and my Welsh father, an author, decided to seek safety in the mountains of Wales.

With my two brothers, we would climb the surrounding hills to the haunting cry of the curlew, cross fields of sheep, one with a pony but another with a not so friendly bull from the farm where we bought our eggs and milk. We would explore the woods, paddle in our nearby stream and on special occasions, picnic by the river Rheidol.

These were the carefree days when we returned home with our ‘treasures’. They might be feathers, pebbles, tadpoles, wildflowers, leaves and insects. This was how my love for nature surely began…….

After studying at the Cardiff College of Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, I left to begin my career - as a graphic designer. Then in 1978 I was determined to become a botanical artist and later knew that I only wanted to portray wild flora, fruits and then insects, all in watercolour.  By 2006 I began to paint on vellum. It is still a challenge but a happy one!

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. Oak Leaf. Cobnut
Snowdrop Elwessi
White Marbled Butterfly. Narcissus Ice Wings.
April Tussie-Mussie
February Wild Flowers
Spring Belles
November Fall
June Tussie-Mussie
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