Wildlife Portfolio: William Helps

Pike in Cover by William Helps

Pike in Cover, Media: Watercolour on paper, Size: A3

In this instalment of our Wildlife Portfolio series we take a look at the work of William Helps, a wildlife artist based in Rosscarbery in Co. Cork. Click on any of the images in the portfolio below to open up a larger version and scroll through the gallery.

About William Helps

Wildlife Artist William Helps

Wildlife Artist William Helps

I was born in Skibbereen, County Cork in 1978. As far back as I can remember I have drawn and painted the natural world around me and it was this interest that led me to study Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Blackpool & the Fylde college from where I graduated with an honors degree in the year 2000.

As a passionate angler I feel compelled to draw and paint fish. The variety of species provides a vast array of forms and colour from which I glean my inspiration. I paint mainly using watercolor and with it I try to achieve detail and accuracy.

As well as illustrating books my work has been shown at a number of exhibitions including.The Belfast Angling exhibition, 2006. Exposition, Baie Des Arts, Calcase Brittany, 2007. Fish Art, The Interactive Art Studio, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, 2007. I have also been commissioned to paint animals and fish for private collections.

William is currently working on a new website to showcase his artwork — we’ll add a link here as soon as its available.

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of IrelandsWildlife.com. He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success


  1. […] seen species around the Irish coast. As well as the fabulous illustrations on the front by wildlife artist William Helps, the reverse of the splash-proof sheet gives details of the typical surfacing sequences and […]

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