Helen Lush - Artist
 About the Artist
Roath Park collage, Venice Canal watercolour.

I've been an artist for thirty years, working from my studio in Cardiff painting watercolour, pastel and pencil landscapes and botanical subjects. My paintings have been bought by customers in many countries and are sold mainly online and through "Oriel Makers" in Cardiff, which I and a small group of artists have run since 1991. The gallery also has a wide range of my prints and greetings cards for sale. Follow me on Facebook for news about my art practice.

I originally studied Textile Design, resulting in a Degree specialising in Woven Textiles, and texture continues to be important in my work. My watercolours often start with a loose wash of paint, sometimes with the addition of salt and other materials. I enjoy the accidental flourishes this creates, and developing these marks instinctively. Gardens and wildflowers are a great inspiration as well as the beautiful countryside in Wales, whilst travelling abroad has given me the opportunity to paint a diversity of landscapes in other countries. Another big influence on my work is the written word, which has encouraged me to incorporate calligraphy into some of the paintings.

My small city garden is put to good use as inspiration, haven and, recently, a source of leaves and flowers for printmaking with a gel plate. This year the Garden monoprints developed further, into collages also incorporating greyscale prints of my watercolours. See more on my Monoprints page and Etsy shop DaffodilStudio at Etsy

In 2010 fellow artist Louise Young and I set up the exhibiting group Roath Botanic Garden Artists with the aim of celebrating the local flora through paintings, prints and drawings. Follow RBGA at RBGA on Facebook

Paintings on the website are generally sold without frame and mount for ease of shipping, but framing can be arranged for customers who are able to collect from Cardiff. See "How to Purchase" page for more detail. Most of my original paintings are also available as prints - please email me for further information.

If you would like to see more of my bespoke Calligraphy Prints and watercolours visit DaffodilStudio at Etsy for more information.

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