The Gardeners Reward by Jan Lawnikanis

ARTIST NOTES: This scene was discovered in a beautiful rose garden in Brisbane many years ago. It has always been on my painting to-do list so I am very happy to have finally put brush to paper to create this subject I love. I enjoy painting with many layers, some subtle, some deep and moody, but always striving for colour unity and harmony. All my floral paintings reflect my admiration for creation and the desire to capture a moment in time when flowers reign as stars in the world of beauty!


DIMENSIONS (Height - 38.00 cm X Width - 56.00 cm )
MEDIUM ON BASE Watercolour on Paper
GENRE Still Life
REGISTERED NRN # 000-43698-0134-01
COPYRIGHT © Jan Lawnikanis
PRIZES AND AWARDS Australian Watercolour Muster 2021 - 32 Best in Australian Watercolour Muster - 2021 Award
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Artist: Jan Lawnikanis



2010     ‘Art is the Flower’ Broadbeach

2006     Art’s Café, Gold Coast Arts Centre, QLD

2003     The Chef’s In On Boundary, Spring Hill, QLD

2002     V’s Café, Indooroopilly, QLD

1996     Circus Circus Café, Mudgeeraba, QLD



 2007 -present               Royal QLD Art Society, Gold Coast

2019 -2020                    Chevron Island Art Gallery, Gold Coast

2019                             Fabriano in Aquarello festival, Italy      

2012 -present                Myart Gallery, Toowoomba

2013-2014                     The Art Gallery, Mt Tamborine

                                     Moulton Galleries, Robina & Southport                          

2003, 2009, 2013           Border Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2005 -2008, 2012 -2013  King’s Christian Arts Festival

2009, 2011 - 2013          St Hilda's Art Show

2004 -present                D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards

2008                             30 Icons Portrait Competition

2006                             Stanthorpe Regional Gallery                          

2004, 2005                    Dalby Spring Fair Art Show

2002, 2003, 2005           Leukaemia Foundation Art Show, Helensvale

2003 - 2004                   Access Arts Champagne Box Auction, Brisbane

2004                             Gold Coast Convention Centre Exhibition

2003                             QLD Cancer Fund Art Exhibition, Southport

2003                             Kenilworth Arts Festival, Kenilworth

2002                             Women of Our Time Exhibition, Hilton Hotel Brisbane              

1998                            Redland Bay Art Competition, Brisbane



2019         Finalist -         Fabriano in Aquarello, Italy

2017         First prize –     Still-life, D’arcy Doyle Art Awards

2016         First prize –     Botanical theme, RQAS

2014         First prize –     Watercolours, Ocean Shores Art Competition

2013         Third prize –   Still-life, RQAS Awards

2012         First prize –     Still –life, Ipswich Art Awards

2011         First prize -     ACPN coloured pencil competition
2009         Second prize – Watercolour, RQAS Awards

2009         First prize –     Watercolour, Gold Coast Show

2008         Finalist –         30 Icons competition, Pacific Fair,

2007         Second prize – Challenge no. 28 Australian Artist Magazine, June

2006         First prize –     Watercolour, Elanora Art Show,

2006         First prize –     Watercolour, Springfest Art & Craft Festival

2006         Set Design Award – Dramafest

2005         First prize –     Pastels, Elanora Art Show

2004         First prize -     Drawing, Elanora Uniting Church Art Show

2004         First prize –     Abstracts, D’Arcy Doyle Art Awards

2002         First prize -     Watercolours, Laidley Art Show



1999 – Present   Various painting and drawing commissions for private clients

2004 - Present   Various designs and painting of sets for school musicals

2012                 14 artworks, Surfer’s Paradise Executive Offices

2007               4 Paintings, Tokiya Restaurant, Mermaid Beach

2006                 Outside murals, Hillcrest Christian College

2005                 Artist’s impressions for real estate agent

2005                 40 artworks for Air Apartments, Broadbeach

2003, 2005       Murals for grounds of Hillcrest Christian College

2003                 Tea towel designs for Souvenirs Australia

2001                 Portrait painting for principal Hillcrest Christian College



 2019         Art Edit magazine, Issue 20

2013, 2016 International Watercolour Society catalogue

2014          Artwise Australian Schools Textbook, reference and weblink

2014          Australian Artist magazine, May, June, August. 3 full length articles, Coloured pencils

2013          Australian Artist magazine, November. Full length article, Coloured pencil workshop report

2010          Paradise Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin, August. Full page article, ‘Delight in the Detail’

2010         Australian Art Collector, Issue 53

2007          Australian Artist magazine, June. Photo of winning painting.

2000          Australian Artist magazine, August. Full-length article, “Coloured Pencil: the No-Fuss Medium.”

2001          Hillcrest Christian College Year Book, Portrait painting of school principal on cover of yearbook.

2002          Margaret May Reports, Photograph of portrait painting and short story.



2020- present     Weekly watercolour classes, home studio

2019 – 2020       Weekly art classes, Primary & Community Care, Mermaid Beach

2019 – 2020       Weekly art classes Flare Academy, Nerang

2017 - 2020        Weekly watercolour lessons, Royal QLD Art Society, Broadbeach

2017 - present   Monthly art workshops, Framed Just For You, Gold Coast

2015 – present   Various workshops in diverse media, Artable Workshops, NSW and QLD

2020                 Weekend watercolour workshop, SASIinc, Esk

2020                 Weekend watercolour workshop, Quilpie Cultural Society, Quilpie

2020                 Various art workshops, Bienarte, Brisbane

2019-present     5 acrylic painting workshops, Studio Village community group, Gold Coast

1999 - 2019       Various art & Professional Development workshops for teachers and students, Hillcrest C.College

2010 – 2019       Weekly Art Excellence art classes for High School students, Hillcrest Christian College

2009 – 2019      Twenty watercolour/colour pencil workshops, Coochie Art Group

2019                 4 week watercolour course and workshop, Cutter’s Art Yard, Currumbin

2017                 Two watercolour workshops, Don Milner’s studio, Tinbeerwah

2017                 Two watercolour workshops, Redcliffe Art Society

2015 - present   Four 5 day workshops, watercolours, McGregor Winter School, USQ Toowoomba

2012 – present   Nine coloured pencil/watercolour workshops, Murray’s Art & Framing, Toowoomba

2016                 Two watercolour workshops, Ipswich Art Society

2016                 6 day watercolour workshop, Oakey Art Group

2015 - 2016       Weekly watercolour lessons & colour pencil lessons, Artable Studio, Robina

2015 – 2016       Weekly children’s art lessons, Artable Studio, Robina

2015 – 2016       Watercolour lessons, home studio and Louise Corke’s studio, Pimpama

2014                 Weekend colour pencil workshop, Rockhampton Art Society

2014 - 2016       Two watercolour workshops, Lismore Art Club                            

2013                 Watercolour 4 day workshop, McGregor Spring School, USQ, Toowoomba

2013                 Coloured Pencils 6 day workshop, Maryborough Art Festival  

2010 - 2012       Nine various art workshops, Brisbane Artist’s Academy

2007                  Weekend drawing workshop, Annabel Tully’s studio, Quilpie




2020     Weekend Workshop, Painting wildlife with Paul Margocsy

2017     2 workshops, Mixed Media with Tricia Reust

2017     Workshop, Typism Conference, Brush Script Lettering with Barbara Enright & Carla Hackett

2016     Workshop, Mt Tamborine, Palette Knife Painting in Oils with Brian Cook

2016     Workshop, RQAS Brisbane, Portraiture in Oils with Frank Giacco

2013     Watercolourworkshop with Charles Sluga

2013     Weekend workshop, Watercolours with John Lovett

2008     5 day workshop, Brisbane Artists Academe, Alla Prima portraits with Clayton J. Beck

2006     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Collage with Elizabeth Gower  

2005     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Mixed Media with Gary Miles

2004     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Book Illustration with Paul Lennon

2004     1 day workshop, Brisbane Institute of Art, Flowers in Oils with Fu Hong

2004     3 day workshop, Fibre Montage with Noela Mills

2003     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Book Illustration with Paul Lennon

2003     3 day workshop, Fibre Montage with Noela Mills

2002     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Animals in Acrylics with Trevor Weekes

2001     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Portraits in Oils with Keith Dewell

2000     2 week workshop, McGregor Summer School, Pastels with Tim Miller

1998     1 week workshop, Watercolour with Alvaro Castagnet

1995-2000   Weekly art classes, Tutor Dale Crabtree, Dale’s Art Studio, plus 3 mths life-drawing lessons



 2019                     Artworks donated to Reboot Combat Recovery charity ball and auction

2019                     Artworks donated to 8x8 to Educate

2018                     Paintings donated to Epilepsy Action Australia

2017                     Paintings donated for school art auction

2013                     Painting donated to Riding for the Disabled.

2002, 2003, 2005   Paintings donated to Leukaemia Foundation Art Auction

2003, 2004           Paintings donated to Access Arts Champagne Box Auction

2002                     Portrait paintings donated to Women at Work art collection



2017 – Present   Flying Arts accredited membership

2019 - Present   BASQ       

2017 – 2020      International Watercolour Society            

20162018      Watercolour Society of QLD

2007- Present    Royal QLD Art Society

2011Present   Australian Coloured Pencil Network

2000-2006         Pastel Society of Australia

1999-2006         Coloured Pencil Society of America



2002           Dalby Art Festival, Dalby

2000           Children’s art competition, Network Video, Parkwood


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