Daisy Watt – The Daily Mail – 3 August 2020
Four years ago, Daisy Watt painted a garden scene to cheer up two of her grandparents who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Spotting something special in her six-year-old daughter’s artwork, her mother asked if she would like to paint a second canvas to be displayed at a gallery and auctioned for charity.
That piece, featuring forget-me-nots for those who had died and bright flowers for those who survived, attracted bids from all over the world and went for £9,500.
Since then Daisy Watt, now ten, has now gone on to make an astonishing £50,000 from her floral landscapes which have seen her dubbed a ‘mini Monet’, with all the money donated to charity.
Daisy’s work always features flowers and she loves nothing more than heading into the garden with her paints – tester pots which she picks up from B&Q after school.
She sells one-off originals, while prints go for £100 a piece. Despite her success, however, her parents – Karen, a primary school teacher, and Charlie, a project manager, both 50 – say she is embarrassed by praise and doesn’t realise her own talent.
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.
Mrs Watt loved the painting and asked a local gallery if it would auction a similar work in aid of cancer charities Firefly and Cancer Research.
The large painting was more in depth, and changed in colour tone, going from dark to light to represent the battle with cancer.
It sold in 2017 for £9,500 and was so popular that 100 special edition prints were snapped up by buyers from as far away as Canada and Hong Kong.
Daisy Watt now paints most days, floral pieces with each flower representing a different stage in the fight against cancer.
Her mother said: ‘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.’
Cancer Research features one of Daisy’s works on its ‘thank you’ cards to families whose loved ones make legacy donations.
And in lockdown she painted a rainbow of daisies as a tribute to frontline workers, raising nearly £1,700 for the NHS with cards of the design.
November 2016 – Discovering new talent is always an exciting experience for any art lover and gallery owner Ruth Stone, proprietor of Limited 2 Art, Torworth, Retford played her part in raising the profile of Daisy Watts’ stunning picture by framing the piece, displaying it in the gallery and producing 100 limited edition prints, funded by Limited 2 Art, which all sold at £100 each with 100% of the money raised donated to the chosen charities.
“It has been a true delight to support Daisy exceed her dream of raising enough money to buy a wheel for the next Firefly vehicle,” said Ruth. “In reality, she has raised almost enough to buy the whole van which is an amazing achievement for a 7-year-old girl, but which recognises the beauty of her art and her incredible talent.”
Daisy’s abstract painting depicts forget-me-nots for those people who have lost their fight against cancer and is balanced with bright flowers for those that survive. And, due to the overwhelming demand for the image, Ruth is now producing a number of limited edition canvas prints to allow more people to be able to enjoy Daisy’s painting.