John Newman watercolours


Welcome to my website. I lived in the Noosa hinterland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in Australia until 2017 but have since moved to live in New Zealand where I am still settling in.

All of the work on these pages is sold and for the moment the site is simply a showcase of some of my early paintings and drawings.

I hope you enjoy it.


23 thoughts on “John Newman watercolours”

  1. John, you have been a profound influence and such a marvellous mentor on my art journey. Words can not express my gratitude to both you and your lovely wife Debbie.
    Lisa Jorgensen.

  2. John do you offer prints of your lovely houses? I lived and worked in Brisbane for a few months, and have returned to the USA. Keep up the wonderful work.

  3. Hello
    Where can i see a collection of original paintings please? Do you have a shopfront or online shop with prices? I can’t find your contact page to discuss
    Thanks heaps

    1. Hi Sally, Debbie and I have just moved to New Zealand and are still travelling. We are planning to settle here permanently. I sold up all the work I had in Australia and it will be some months before I am settled enough to start painting again so just at present I cannot offer you anything.
      It is my intention to get a lot smarter with my online marketing to make it easier for people to acquire my work. I will make myself a note to contact you once I am up and running in my new studio.
      Thank you very much for your enquiry
      Best regards John

  4. Hi John, I have just started with the Mary Valley Rattler, we are scheduled to re-open in the first week in December which is very exciting. I have just come across three fabulous pictures of both the Gympie Railway Station and two at Kandanga. I was wondering if we were able to use these pictures and if so do you have them in a higher resolution as I would love to blow them up.

    Please let me know whenever you get a spare minute.

    Kind regards,
    Corinne Mikkelsen

    1. Thanks for your enquiry Corinne. I’m delighted to hear that the Rattler has been able to get sufficient funds to enable it to operate again! In February I moved to live in New Zealand and dumped a few hundred prints including the remaining A4 size stock of four different images of the Mary Valley Rattler. However I gave away to a friend my stock of a few hundred A5 folded letter cards which used to sell well at Kandanga when the Rattler was operational. They are the same four images reduced to card size. I will contact her and see if she is interested in selling them to you wholesale(she has a little shop). They come in a pack of four different images with envelopes and a slip saying how wonderful the artist is. I had to write that myself nobody else could think of anything good to say. My friend or I will be in touch.I have not yet set up my studio but down the track (no pun intended) I could paint some watercolours of the Rattler suitable for prints.
      Cheers John

      1. Hi John. Thank you so much for your response above! I work with Corinne at The Rattler and have a couple of very quick questions I was hoping you could help with. Is there a way I can contact you privately/directly? – Thank you in advance. Michelle

  5. Hi John
    Am interested in purchasing copies of your Townsville drawings. Can you tell if there is a way to order?


  6. Hi John,

    I’d like to speak to you about using one of your paintings on a book cover – please would you email me when you have a moment?

    All best,

  7. Hi john, just wanted to ask if you had done a painting called autumn glory 1968. My great nan had it for years and years and it passed down to my nan who had also looked after it for years. Shes recently passed and now we have this beautiful painting and would love to know if it was your work? 🙂

    1. Thanks for your enquiry Emma, sorry about your Nan also sorry to tell you the painting you mention is not one of mine as I did not begin painting until the late eighties. Good luck with your search. Cheers John

  8. dear John we have acquired two drawings of yours, set up with a quirky real estate ad. One is Mingela Mansion and the other Amazing Business oppportunity.. There is no date – could you supply some details please

    1. Thank you for your message Bette.
      The two drawings you refer to are part of a set of six which I drew in the early nineties. I had an envelope printed and sold the sets in the envelopes. Also many any of the prints were sold individually in frames.
      The Mingela Mansion is a sketch I made of a house in Mingela about 60Klms inland from Townsville in Nth Qld, and the Butcher’s Shop I drew in Ravenswood a mining town south of Ravenswood before the building was demolished by the local council (so I have been told, please don’t quote me!) because it was considered to be unsafe. Whatever the reason it is no longer there.
      All the drawings in the set were of sketches I made of buildings in Nth Qld after 1986.
      There were multiple editions of the prints but they are no longer available.
      I hope this is useful.
      Kind regards

      1. So sorry Bette
        I see I wrote Ravenswood is a mining town town south of itself, it is actually south of Mingela.

  9. Hi John. I have two of your water paintings that ive owned for years now and was wondering if you could give me an appraisal for them. The first one is of the mary valley rattler crossing over a old wooden bridge. And the second is what i believe are some beautiful Frangipanis . If you can help how should i send them to you so you can view them? Im guessing scanning them through but i will wait for your reply.

    Thanking you in advance


    1. Hi Elijah. Yes you will have to scan them and send the files as PDFs please. Also the dimensions of the images excluding the frames. Some details about where and when you acquired them as well as what you wish to know about them. I look forward to hearing from you. John

  10. Hi John, My dad had a Custom Framing shop in Englewood, NJ through which he acquired a bit of artwork. My sibs and I were cleaning out his house and came across a seascape which I believe is yours (your signature has evolved a bit). It is definitely pre-1986. I’ll email you the details and would love to know more about it.

    1. Hi Ann Marie, I doubt very much the work is mine, I was not painting pre 1986 only drawing in pen and ink or graphite although I did draw a few seascapes. Does this help? Cheers John

      1. HI John, thanks for the response. Wow, I thought for sure it was yours as it looks very similar to your work. Is there a way I can share a photo with you?

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