Asked about her inspirations and early experiences in art, Ms. Cann told us: “I started to draw and paint as a very small child and always wanted to be a book illustrator.” We assumed that there might have been a particular person who influenced her in those years, but it seems that the drive must have come from within. She told us, “I'm not sure who influenced me to paint. It was something I just had to do...”
Illustrator Helen Cann as a child
Once readers see her work, they will understand Helen’s answer to our question on what are her favorite subjects to paint. She replied, “I love painting and drawing animals, birds and plants; I look for patterns in everything and find so much beauty in the natural world.”
Her art was a natural fit for Jacqueline Jules’s tale of animals in a long-ago time and place.
Helen Cann’s illustrations and art have received recognition ranging from awards to exhibitions. Awards for her work include: Little Leap Forward
was included in the ‘Diverse Voices’ List (the 50 best culturally diverse children’s books in the UK) and was given a Gold Medal in the Nautilus Book Awards; Brigid’s Cloak
was awarded Best Children’s Book of the Year by Bank Street College; and The Lady of Ten Thousand Names
won Best Children’s Book of the Year from NAPRA Review
. These are just some of the awards her books have earned.
Places where Helen Cann’s art has been exhibited include London, Chicago, New York, London, Birmingham, and numerous other cities in the UK. Helen reminds us that besides her work as an illustrator of children’s books that “I also have a fine art practice, exhibit fairly regularly and you can find my work and more information on www.helencannfineart.co.uk