Helen Lush - Artist
 About the Artist
The garden, the artist and her studio.

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 painting. 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.

In 2016 I participated in "Roath Botanic Garden Artists"' exhibition, "Roots of Magic - the Healing Plants of Myddfai", which ran from 30th April to 14th June 2016 at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire. It included paintings inspired by the plants used for healing by the Physicians of Myddfai in the 12th century. 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 mounted prints - please see Prints page or email me for further information.

I am happy to undertake commissions, whether it is a painting of your home or garden, the place where you were married, an illustration of your family tree or a favourite piece of poetry. Commissioning a painting ensures that the finished piece is personal, unique and specifically produced to your requirements. Simply contact me, initially by email; to describe what you would like. After an initial chat to dicuss ideas and cost, I will produce a rough sketch with colour notes and talk about anything that you might like to include. Please allow four weeks to complete the painting.

If you would like to enquire about a painting please email

If you would like to see more of my bespoke Calligraphy Prints and watercolours visit DaffodilStudio at Etsy for more information. You can also read articles related to my painting practice at DaffodilSky on Hubpages

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