John Woodland

• Fellow of The Royal Art Society of New South Wales
• Member of Australian Watercolour Institute
• Foundation Member and Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists
• Professional Member of The International Society of Marine Painters, Inc in USA

Born in Sydney in 1944, I was educated in The Rocks area where I grew to appreciate the significance of the inner city and Sydney Harbour.  I became interested in the everchanging scene on the harbour and wharves and have frequently expressed in my work the hardships of life that people were forced to endure in past years.  I have illustrated the salvage at sea and the living conditions aboard sailing vessels.  In other subjects I have tried to portray life in industrial situations and home-life in depressed times.

I have painted exclusively in watercolour for over fifty years and I believe it is the most beautiful expression of all mediums.  Watercolour is always challenging and it can be difficult and frustrating to express, however the rewards are always worth the experience.

In all my time as a watercolourist, I have never lost the enthusiasm and appeal that this beautiful expression of art offers to an artist.

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Awards & Achievements

I have received 79 Awards and Commendations including 29 Wins in Open Competitions and Exhibitions.

Wins include The Mission to Seafarers Victoria National Maritime Traditional Award; The ANL National Maritime Art Award, Popular Choice; The Sydney Royal Art Show, Seascape Award; The Royal Canberra Art Show, Watercolour (2); The Royal Canberra Art Show – Champion Best in Show; ACTA Maritime Art Award Popular Choice; Royal Motor Yacht Club Open Award; Australian Society of Marine Artists 20th Anniversary, Watercolour; The Bright Art Award, Watercolour; The City of Parramatta Art Award, Watercolour (3 wins); Yaralla Art Award, Watercolour; Lane Cove Art Award, Popular Choice; Hornsby Art Award, Popular Choice; Drummoyne Art Award, Watercolour (3 wins); The City of Ryde Art Award, Watercolour (2 wins); Singleton Art Prize, Watercolour; Dobell Art Prize, Watercolour; Sailing Heritage Art Award Sydney, Popular Choice etc.

Commendations include Very Highly Commended, Highly Commended and Commended.