'For many years my work has been about the beauty, dignity and character of animals. The poise and movement of animals, their behaviour and nature is an area I find endlessly fascinating. I like to think of them observing the world as I am observing them and then try to deduce what it is that they rely on to navigate their way through life. Whether it is the curiosity of a primate or the heightened senses of a hound, each and every creature has unique adaptations and behaviours, skills and strengths and these are what I try to convey in my work.'
Helen Fay studied Fine Art Printmaking at Sunderland University, followed by an MA at The Royal College of Art in Natural History Illustration. After a spell in Glasgow, she is now based in rural Northumberland where she continues to produce her sought-after animal etchings. Normally very small editions, Helen's etchings go beyond the realms of Natural History Illustration. There is movement and spirit in each work, with the character of the animal brought vividly to life.