My name is Helen Chappell. I live and work in Durham, in the north east of England. I spent lots of years writing computer software in London, where I fell in love with watercolour painting at a wonderful class at Morley College. I moved back up north (I was born and brought up in Yorkshire) with my partner and two young children in 2012. After two years refurbishing a very old house I began to paint again and started the blog to encourage myself to find time for it. I paint many subjects, but particularly like portraits and the shapes of flowers and plants. I enjoy combining these with more abstract elements. And I love beautiful colours.