Helen McKnockiter was born in Guisborough, England in 1980. She spent most of her childhood abroad living in Malta and then Southern Africa. At the age of 12 Helen returned to the UK, moving to the countryside of the Scottish Borders. At school art was her favourite subject. Helen is strongly influenced by impressionist artists including Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Claude Monet.
Throughout her life, she has been surrounded by patterns made by William Morris and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, men who she admires greatly. On leaving school Helen had a choice to study either biology or art at university. Helen moved to Edinburgh and studied biology. After completing her degree and then a PhD in brewing and distilling Helen moved to Australia where she rediscovered her passion for art and painting. Helen began to experiment with abstraction within her work.She found an appreciation for the freedom and movement of works by Jackson Pollock. Much of her time in Australia was spent painting British flora and developing her style, she took part in the SALA (South Australian Living Artist) festival for two consecutive years.
She enjoyed her time in Australia but found herself missing home and longing for the green of the Borders. Since returning Helen has been drawn to the landscape around her and how it changes seasonally. She feels a deep connection to nature and to the Borders. When she is not out walking in the countryside you can find her in her parents’ beautiful garden daydreaming or chasing butterflies.