Steven Lush

It was an 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.

The many countries, cultures and colors fueled his artistic vision. 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.

“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 by blending precision with freedom.”

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

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.

He is part of many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Italy, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; the Mystic Seaport the 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 Noble Maritime Museum, Staten Is; NY and the Customs House Maritime Museum, Newburyport, MA.

Steve is represented by the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; the Gallery at 4 India; Nantucket and the Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA.