john andersen artist

About John Andersen

My art is a reflection of how I see, feel, and imagine things.

My studio is in the small Australian seaside town of Woodgate Beach in Qld. It wasn’t until in my senior years that I first decided to pick up a paint brush. I’ve always been drawn to paintings which have atmosphere, feelings, and abstract expression.

Like many artists, I started painting using watercolors and wanting my paintings to look exactly like my subject. I now like to create art in a more loose, semi-abstract and abstraction style. I believe it unimportant whether the painting resembles the subject or not.

I’m an impatient painter I don’t like fiddling, copying photos, or trying to make something look perfect. I’m a painter not a drawer and prefer to create my version of something and leaving the rest to the viewers own imagination.


I want the viewer to find an emotional connection with my works. To feel rather than just see. In my abstract work I enjoy painting expressively and sometimes include design elements. Colours are my strong suite and I try to limit my pallet, connecting colours and shapes.


2023 – Winner – Open Section Moore Park Arts Exhibition

2023 – 1st Prize “Seascape section” Hervey Bay Art Society Annual Exhibition

2021 – Bundaberg Art Prize – Second Prize

2021 – 1st Prize Hervey Bay Art Society Annual Exhibition – Seascape

2021 – 2nd Prize Hervey Bay Art Society Annual Exhibition – Abstract

2019 – Winner – Abstract Section – Moore Park Art Exhibition
2019 – Highly Commended – Watercolour Section Moore Park Art Exhibition
2019 – Winner QCWA regional division

2018 – Highly Commended Bundaberg Show
2018 – Highly Commended Lighthouse Festival

2018 – Finalist – Icons of Bundaberg – BRAG Regional Gallery

2017 – Runner-up Moore Park Beach – Open Section

2016 – First Prize Bundaberg Show – Open Section