Helen studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in 1976.
The human figure is her primary subject: the actual figure (in movement and at rest, clothed and unclothed) and the figure as depicted by other artists, in any medium and at any phase in history.
Her work is modelled in mixed media (including clay, plaster, resin, cement, wax, fabric, rope, paper, cardboard and reclaimed wood) and cast into stone-resin or bronze. She undertakes all the mouldmaking and resin casting in her own workshops with a full-time technician. Her bronzes are cast in a foundry in west Wales.
She exhibits widely in England and Wales and has work in private collections on four continents.
Helen lives in South Wales with her husband, sculptor and painter Terry Ryall.
After making sculpture for over twenty years I still find the working process, with every piece I make, both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly surprising. I make the originals of my sculpture from (very) mixed media - I make much use of wood and plastic debris found on the beach where I walk my dogs in the morning - the materials I work with are as stimulating to me as the subject matter.