Steve Lush is a self-taught artist and master model shipwright. He works mostly with watercolor, oil, gouache and sometimes pastels (or all three combined). Many of his maritime-themed pieces are a result of research on specific ship construction plans and port scenes. Besides his plein air sketches or pencil studies, Steve has a large collection of reference books, ship construction plans and the model ships he has built to compose his paintings. His painting style is “painterly” adding detail in the process.
“My art has been influenced by my experiences at sea and the ports I have visited. Model shipbuilding has influenced my eye for form while literature of the sea has influenced my taste for individuality. I love strong colors and strive to capture a sense of emotion, understated activity and contrasting light in my work.”
Steve’s national and international marine painting awards include: The Winslow Homer Special Merit Award for the 2013 annual Transparent Watercolor Society’s Exhibition; The Director’s Award for the 2011 18th annual Coos Art Museum Maritime Art Exhibition, the Lehmann Memorial Award for the 2010 Annual Transparent Watercolor Society’s Exhibition, and two Museum Purchase Award’s 2008 & 2013 at the annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.
Steve’s work is currently included in the “War of 1812 Star Spangled Nation” ASMA exhibition (2013-2015) and included in the “Water Views” International Invitational Exhibition at the Arts Box, Vicenza, Italy (2014). Steve’s work was included in the 2012 American Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NYC, the Biennial Open Exhibition of the New England Watercolor Society (2012) at the Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA, the 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists (2011-2013), the 19th annual Coos Art Museum Maritime Art Exhibition (2012) and the Annual International Maritime Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. Additionally, Steve’s work was exhibited in the 2013 Watercolor USA Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MA.
Steve is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and of the New England Watercolor Society.