10-year-old girl wins £ 50,000 with landscape paintings – but donates everything to charity

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On the left, Daisy now, in the center, one of her works, and on the right, six-year-old Daisy, when she started painting (Photo: SWNS)

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

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

But the generous girl gave her all to charity.

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

Bidders around the world vied to buy the artwork featuring forget-me-nots for those who had died and brightly colored flowers for those who survived, and it cost £ 9,500.

Schoolteacher Karen and project manager father Charlie, 50, are very proud of everything she has done.

The mother of three from Misson, South Yorkshire, said: ‘She has always been in the arts and crafts and since then knows how to hold a brush.

“But over the past few years his work has really caught people’s attention.

“Although she was always very creative, it was when she created this painting for her grandparents that we realized that she had something special.”


Daisy, 6 years old.  Daisy Watt from Doncaster, July 30, 2020. Daisy didn't start painting until four years ago when two of her grandparents were diagnosed with cancer and she painted them a picture to cheer them up.
Six-year-old Daisy creating her first canvas (Photo: SWNS)

Daisy painted a garden scene to show her maternal grandfather Arthur before his death in 2016 at the age of 75 and her 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 she would like to auction another similar piece of Daisy’s work to benefit cancer charities Firefly and Cancer Research.


The stunning floral artwork of ten-year-old Daisy Watt pictured at her hometown inn in Doncaster, South Yorks on July 31, 2020.
All money raised goes to charity (Photo: Lee McLean / SWNS)

It sold in 2017 for £ 9,500 and was so popular that 100 special edition prints were ordered and purchased by buyers in Canada and Hong Kong.

Now she paints almost every day after school, all of her work with flowers created using B&Q test pots.

Karen added: “I have always kept a lot of flowers in the garden and we live in the country so that probably inspires her.

“I’ve always let her paint and be messy since she was little.


The stunning floral artwork of ten-year-old Daisy Watt pictured at her hometown inn in Doncaster, South Yorks on July 31, 2020.
His pieces are in high demand (Photo: Lee McLean / SWNS)

“I’m an elementary school teacher and I have an art degree, but she’s better than me.

“One time we were sitting painting tulips and I turned to her and said, ‘How are we going to find the shape here? “

“I was trying to figure it out and at that point she was dipping her brush in different paints.

“Then, with three different colors on the brush, she started painting.

“It comes so naturally to him.


Daisy Watt from Doncaster, July 30, 2020. Daisy didn't start painting until four years ago when two of her grandparents were diagnosed with cancer and she painted them a picture to cheer them up.
Daisy, now 10, painting at home (Photo: SWNS)

“It was just the perfect tulip and you can’t hit a talent like that!” “

Daisy chose to paint flowers because she felt they represented people who had to do with cancer.

Karen said, “Daffodils are people who survive cancer but haven’t beaten it yet.

“The stars represent the people who lost their battle while the sun represents the people who conquered it.

“There is always a floral element in his paintings.

“Someone asked her what was her favorite flower to paint and she said ‘Daisies’.


The stunning floral artwork of ten-year-old Daisy Watt pictured at her hometown inn in Doncaster, South Yorks on July 31, 2020.
She has now sold 25 of her paintings (Photo: Lee McLean / SWNS)

“When asked why, she said ‘because that’s my name’. It’s a nice touch.

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

Cancer Research features one of his works on its thank you cards to families whose loved ones make legacy donations.

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

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

Karen added, “She will spend anywhere from five minutes to half an hour painting.


The stunning floral artwork of ten-year-old Daisy Watt pictured at her hometown inn in Doncaster, South Yorks on July 31, 2020.
All of his work features flowers (Photo: Lee McLean / SWNS)

“But she must be in the mood to do it.

“She knows how to transform something from a standard flower painting into something really, really special.

“She doesn’t need to outline and will splatter the paint just in the right spot.”

Despite all of her accomplishments, Karen said that Daisy is very humble and quite shy about her job.

Karen said, “When I tell people and they compliment her, she always says’ Mom, why did you have to tell them? “

“She recoils from the attention and doesn’t see what it’s all about.

“I hope that as she gets older she realizes how much she has done something special.

“Every penny she collects goes to charity and it makes a big, big difference in people’s lives.

“Over the years, I have loved watching her evolve.

“Every time I go to an exhibition, I can spot his right away.

“People love the colors, love their depth and their creativity.

“I’m just his biggest fan!” “

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