Daisy Watt, a ten year old girl in South Yorkshire, England, has been called a mini-Monet for her colorful floral paintings. Since 2017 she's made over £50,000 and she's donated the money to charity.
Four years ago, both of Daisy's grandparents were diagnosed with cancer so Daisy painted a picture to cheer them up. Her mother, Karen, recognized the girl's budding talent and asked if she wanted to paint another picture to be displayed at local galleries and eventually auctioned off for charity. The painting, which featured forget-me-nots for those who had died and bright flowers for those who survived and varied in color tone, going from dark to light, represented the battle with cancer.
The painting impressed people so deeply that it wound up selling for £9,500, with special limited edition prints of the piece going to collectors around the world. Last November Daisy won the Yorkshire Young Achiever for Arts award and has won The Don Valley Festival for the past four years.
“I’m just so proud of her,” said Daisy's mother Karen. “Although she’s always been really creative, ever since she could hold a paintbrush, it wasn’t until she created that painting for her grandparents that we realized she had something special.”
Karen is a primary school teacher with a degree in art but says, “She is better than me.”
“I’ve always let her paint and be messy ever since she was small."
Her paintings features colorful flowers that she paints from her garden. During lockdown she painted a rainbow of miniature daisies, as a tribute to frontline workers, and raised £1,700 for the NHS with magnets and cards of the design.
“One time we were sitting down painting tulips and I turned to her and said ‘right how are we going to figure out the shape here?’ I was trying to work it out and in that time she was dipping her paintbrush in different paints.
“Then with three different colors on the brush she started to paint. It was just the perfect tulip!”
“She doesn’t have to draw an outline and will splat the paint in just the right place. It just comes so naturally to her.”
Since that first sale, Daisy has sold around 25 new creations for charity. Her prints go for £100 a piece and the money she raised has gone to charity. The organization Cancer Research features one of her works on their ‘thank you’ cards to families whose loves ones make legacy donations.
Karen, 50, and Daisy’s project-manager dad Charlie, said their humble daughter gets embarrassed by praise, and doesn’t realize her own talent.
“The thing is she is really shy and humble about her work. She cringes at the attention and doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.”