Heaton High school, Newcastle Polytechnic 68-71 (Fine Art Painting BA Hons), Newcastle University PGCE 1979, Northumbria University (MA Fine Art) 1985.
Initially Helen worked in a figurative style and was known for works that addressed gender politics (aka Helen Woodhouse and Helen Baker Woodhouse ). Since 1996 she has developed a series of works that are abstract and minimal. There is an interest in the idea of production as a system of values that link the moral, aesthetic and social. She has also worked within the medium of video. All her work has a social content that is presented through formal means her publication ‘Colour’ (2006 pub. Corn Exchange Gallery Edinburgh) demonstrates her ideas.