Helen M Turner PPAI PAI was born and educated in Glasgow. On leaving school, she joined the design studios of the leading Scottish carpet manufacturer, James Templeton. She also attended Glasgow School of Art in the evenings from 1952 to 1960 – studying drawing, still life and portraiture under Trevor Mackinson and William Gallagher.
Continuing her career she became a documented designer in Aubusson, Beauvais and Savonnary, travelling extensively throughout the world. Helen’s designs can be seen in prestigious establishments such as the Waldorf Astoria, the Turnberry Hotel, the San Francisco Opera House and many hotels, casinos and ocean liners. She eventually gave up her design work to become a full-time painter and is now recognised as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists. She is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute, the Glasgow Society of Women Artists and in 2000 was awarded the Paisley Art Institute Diploma for Excellence, PAI and elected President, PPAI.