Helen Glassford, the co-founder of TATHA, was born in Lancaster in 1976 and grew up in the foothills of the Lake District. She came to Dundee to study a Fine Art Painting degree at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1995 alongside such contemporaries as Paul Reid, Delia Baille and Robert MacMillan. She was heavily influenced by the artistic and critical virtues of her tutors, some of the major Scottish/Dundee figures, such as Derrick Guild, Ronnie Forbes, Alan Robb, Will Maclean and Arthur Watson. During this time, like most artists she experienced further with the boundaries of her technique influenced to some extent by visiting artists including Barbara Rae and Victoria Morton. She later went on to further her research in Fine Art by completing a Masters Degree in 2001.