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Girl, 10, makes £50,000 from landscape paintings – but donates it all to charity


Left, Daisy now, centre, one of her pieces of work, and right, Daisy age six, when she started painting (Picture: SWNS)

Four years ago, two of Daisy Watt’s grandparents were diagnosed with cancer so she decided to paint a picture for them.

Her mum Karen, 50, noticed she had a real talent – and now the 10-year-old has made £50,000 through her work.

But the generous girl has donated it all to charity.

Her first piece was a canvas for a local gallery, which was auctioned for two cancer charities.

Bidders from all over the world fought to buy the work featuring forget-me-nots for those who had died and bright flowers for those who survived, and it went for £9,500.

Karen, a primary school teacher, and project-manager dad Charlie, 50, are very proud of everything she has done.

The mum-of-three from Misson, South Yorkshire, said: ‘She’s always been into arts and crafts and has been ever since she could hold a paintbrush.

‘But over the past few years her work really has caught people’s attention.

‘Although she’s always been really creative it was when she created that painting for her grandparents that we realised she had something special.’

Daisy, age six, creating her first canvas (Picture: SWNS)

Daisy painted a garden scene to show her maternal grandfather Arthur before he passed away in 2016, aged 75 and paternal grandmother Polly, now 89, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer around the same time.

Karen loved the painting and asked a local gallery if they’d like to auction off another similar artwork by Daisy, in aid of cancer charities Firefly and Cancer Research.

All the money raised goes to charity (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

It sold in 2017 for £9,500 and was so popular 100 special edition prints were commissioned and snapped up by buyers from the likes of Canada and Hong Kong.

Now she paints most days after school, with all her work featuring flowers created using B&Q tester pots.

Karen added: ‘I’ve always kept a lot of flowers in the garden and we live in the countryside so that probably inspires her.

‘I’ve always let her paint and be messy ever since she was small.

Her pieces are in high demand (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

‘I’m a primary school teacher and have a degree in art but she is better than me.

‘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 colours on the brush she started to paint.

‘It just comes so naturally to her.

Daisy, now 10, painting at home (Picture: SWNS)

‘It was just the perfect tulip and you can’t knock talent like that!’

Daisy chose to paint flowers because she felt they represented people who have dealt with cancer.

Karen said: ‘The daffodils are people surviving cancer but haven’t beaten it yet.

‘The stars represent people who have lost their battle while the sun represents people who have beaten it.

‘There’s always a floral element to her paintings.

‘Someone asked her what her favourite flower was to paint and she answered ‘Daisies’.

She has now sold 25 of her paintings (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

‘When she was asked why that was she said “because it’s my name”. It’s quite a lovely touch.’

Since that first painting, she’s auctioned off around 25 for charity and also sells prints of her work.

Cancer Research feature one of her works on their ‘thank you’ cards to families whose loves ones make legacy donations.

During lockdown she painted a rainbow of miniature daisies, as a tribute to frontline workers.

She raised nearly £1,700 for the NHS with magnets and cards of the design.

Karen added: ‘She’ll spend anything from five minutes to half an hour painting away.

All of her work features flowers (Picture: Lee McLean/SWNS)

‘But she has to be in the mood to do it.

‘She knows how to make something from a standard flower painting into something really quite special.

‘She doesn’t have to draw an outline and will splat the paint in just the right place.’

Despite all her achievements, Karen said Daisy is very humble and quite shy about her work.

Karen said: ‘When I tell people and they go over to compliment her, she always says “Mum why did you have to tell them?”

‘She cringes at the attention and doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.

‘I hope when she’s older she realises just what a special thing she has been doing.

‘Every single penny she raises goes to charity and it’s making a big, big difference to people’s lives.

‘Over the years I have just loved to see her developing.

‘Whenever I go into an exhibition I can spot hers straight away.

‘People just love the colours, love the depth and the creativity of it.

‘I’m just her biggest fan!’

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