As a contemporary artists I respond to the world around me and express my response on paper or canvas. To celebrate the beauty that surrounds me is enough of a reason for me to paint.


For many years I worked in watercolour, and painted hundreds of portraits. I have since broadened my practice to include assorted printmaking techniques, oil, acrylic, mixed media, and large scale murals. Below you'll find some examples of my work in each medium.

I’ve lived overseas most of my life and love to travel. Wherever I go, I always carry my sketchbook, and much of my work is based on my impressions from my travels from California to Syria to Sri Lanka to Kenya and beyond. 

For many years I worked in watercolour, and painted hundreds of portraits.

I take very few commissions now, and give myself the permission to play and experiment with all sorts of painting and drawing, printmaking, collage, and large scale murals

Seana Mercedes Mallen is an internationally acclaimed artist who captures her emotional response to the natural world in contemporary semi-abstract painting and printmaking.


Her native California coast and her long-adopted home on the south coast of England provide constant inspiration. Through  joyful colour and expressive brushstrokes, she shares her delight through paintings that express a profound sense of place and connection to nature.

Her favourite thing is travelling with a sketchbook, discovering new people and places  and soaking up the atmosphere through drawing. 

Seana is also an inspiring and enthusiastic teacher who delights in sharing the joy of creativity and watching her students grow and thrive.

Since October 2020 Seana has had a studio at Stanmer Craft Museum, in the heart of beautiful Stanmer Park. She is delighted to be part of a wonderful community of artists and makers, and their work can be found here.