Having lived in Gloucestershire for most of her life, Helen Davison (b. 1974) graduated with a Degree in Fine Art from Cheltenham & Gloucester College in 1998. For many years she ran her own successful graphic & website design studio until deciding to embark upon a career as a figurative painter in 2010. In pursuit of a more rigorous education in draughtsmanship and traditional oil painting techniques, Helen began studying at The Sarum Studio in Salisbury. She now divides her time between her own studio and that in Salisbury where she assists with teaching.


It takes concentration and thoughtfulness to respond to nature – be it a portrait, still life or landscape. It is not an exercise in copying exactly what is in front of you, but of essential selection; a philosophy of seeing that allows the artist to make choices over many hours as the light and conditions change. In a time of so much noise and activity, Helen believes that the hard work and dedication required to work in this challenging tradition is as powerful as ever.


  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) Annual Exhibition, London (2015,16,17,18,19,20)
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition (2020)
  • ‘A Change of Season’, The Gallery, Holt, Norfolk (2020)
  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition, London (2015,20)
  • Bath Society of Artists (BSA) Annual Exhibition, Bath (2015,16,17,18,19)
  • ING Discerning Eye Annual Exhibition, London (2016,17,19)
  • RWA 162nd Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol (2014,19)
  • Broadway Arts Festival, Little Buckland Gallery, Worcestershire (2018)
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition, London (2015,16,17)
  • Cotswold Open Studios, Cirencester (2015)
  • Society of Women Artists – 153rd Annual Exhibition, London (2014)


  • 2018 Winner of the Minerva Best Portrait Prize, Bath Society of Artists
  • 2017 Winner of the Ian Black Small Painting Prize, Bath Society of Artists
  • 2016 Discerning Eye Chairman’s Purchase Prize Winner, ING Discerning Eye
  • 2016 Winner of the Meltone Gallery Framing Prize Award, Bath Society of Artists