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.

Fresh & Free Flowers & Foliage: Experimental Watercolour

Half day workshop at Sussex Prairie Garden

Wednesday 28th July, 10am - 2pm


Watercolour is a magic potion…

Come learn some of its secrets and capture the spirit of this inspiring garden.

 Embrace the happy accidents that inevitably occur with this mercurial medium, and also learn easy and effective techniques  to create beautiful paintings of a wide variety of plants and flowers.

For first time beginners or more advanced painters alike, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.


Cost: £55. Price includes the entry to the garden, use of the Garden Room till 2 pm, and some materials.

Book online or find out more here.


I'm delighted to be taking part in two Lewes Artwave events.

The first is with the Sussex Watercolour Society in the Linklater Pavilion.

A celebration in paint and print from professional artists from across Sussex, for one weekend only. More info can be found here.

The second is at Stanmer Craft Museum for all three weekends (Fri/ Sat/Sun, Sept 11th to 26th), with all the resident artists taking part. More information can be found here.

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Waterercolour and Mixed Media Classes at Sussex Prairie Garden
Wednesday 22nd September - Thursday 23rd September, 10am - 2pm

Please come join me in this unique and inspiring garden for an Exuberant Mixed-Media Celebration of the Prairie Gardens, suitable for artists of all abilities


The two day workshop in September introduces watercolour collage and gelli-printing, with time for you to really explore and express your own artistic voice. 


Find out more on my Workshops page.