Steven Lush

It was the artistic family where he grew up that gave Steve his first inspirations. As a young boy Steve was fascinated with the pen and ink drawings of Saul Steinberg as depicted in issues of the New Yorker Magazine. He would create his own renderings and spent hours drawing and making up cartoon images with captions. Later, after graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy he discovered his love for traveling. He has traveled extensively throughout the world including India, the Mediterranean countries, Africa and the South Pacific.  All these countries and their cultures,  fueled his artistic vision and he started to paint in watercolor after discovering the work of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Since then his art has expanded to multiple mediums (oil, acrylics and pastel) including model ship building and classical guitar.

“Since I am mostly self-taught I do not approach any of my subject matter from an established protocol. I am mostly interested in light and how it transforms that which it envelops. Whatever medium I choose, I lean toward the application of strong brush strokes saturated with color. I am constantly trying to evoke a mood rather than a realistic clarity.”

He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and the New England Watercolor Society.  He is an Artist Member of the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA; the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA; the Coast Guard Art Program and he is a Master Model Shipwright Member of the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA.

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.

Gallery representation includes:  The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and the Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, MA.  His work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Italy, including;  the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, MA;  the Mystic Seaport, Museum of America and the Sea, Mystic, CT;  the Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP), the Heritage Asset Collection at the Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT;  the Stevens Memorial Library, North Andover, MA; the Noble Maritime Museum, Staten Island, NY and the Customs House Maritime Museum, Newburyport, MA.  Additionally, his work is featured in the 2014 HBO mini-series “Olive Kitteredge” starring Frances McDormond, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray.