Andy Evansen

Andy Evansen’s career in art started as a medical illustrator in Minneapolis, creating artwork for medical device companies, textbooks and surgeons.  Once that industry became dependent on digital art, he longed for a return to fine art and began watercolor painting.  Choosing a ‘style’ was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the representational yet impressionistic watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, and Ed Seago among others.  He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes.

  In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed a hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by.  This appealed to Andy as he grew up in the rural Midwest of the United States, far from the large, bustling cities of the east coast or the drama of the Pacific on the west coast.  His familiarity and love of simple farm scenes and small towns is evident in his work today. 

Andy’s work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005.  He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally.  He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and was elected their President in 2015. 

His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, and in 2015 he received the High Winds Medal and his signature status from the American Watercolor Society.  He is also a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society. 

His work was recently selected for inclusion in the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition in 2020.

His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event.

Andy has been asked to jury several exhibitions, including the Hoosier Salon in 2016 and the New England Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibitions in 2017.


‘World of High Watercolor’, Moscow, October 2021

Fabriano Watercolor Festival, Fabriano, Italy 2021

American Watercolor Society 2021, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012

JIWI Japan International Watercolor Institute, 2020

IWS-Nepal International Watercolor Masters Exhibition, 2020

San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, 2020

National Watercolor Society “50 Stars” Exhibition, 2020

California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, 2020

‘Visions Adjoined’, National Watercolor Society and Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, 2020

Coors Western Art Exhibit, 2020 and 2019

National Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Fall 2019

Same Rivers Other Waters; Watercolor Today Exhibition, New York, Summer 2019

Youyu International Watercolor event, China, May 2019

National Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition, April 2019

Watercolor Salon III, Thessaloniki, Greece, November 2018

National Watercolor Society Member Exhibition, May 2018

Watercolor Salon II, Thessaloniki, Greece, November 2017

National Watercolor Society 97th International Exhibition, October 2017

‘Industrial America’, PAPA Exhibition at Tweed Museum, October 2017

‘City Lights’, California Art Club, September 2017

Qingdao International Watercolor Masters Plein Air Painting Event, July 2017

‘Idyllic Impressions’, California Art Club, May 2017

Qingdao-Jimo International Watercolor Exhibition, China, November 2016

American Masters Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY, November 2016

Transparent Watercolor Society Exhibition 2018, 2017, 2016

Third Watercolor Masters Invitational, Nanning, China  November 2015

‘Looking East’, Cape Cod Museum of Art 2015

‘Why Outdoors’, Salmagundi Club, New York 2014

Northwest Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2017, 2015, 2014

‘Kaiping; American Perspectives’, Segil Gallery, January 2014

‘Celebrating Summer’, P.A.P.A. Exhibition 2013, Leigh Yawkey Museum

 ‘Wild Side’ Catalina Conservation Society Exhibitions 2012-2016, 2018, 2019

 Red River Watercolor Society National Show 2018, 2016, 2012 and 2011

‘Works on Paper’, Segil Fine Art  2010

U of MN Katherine Nash Gallery, ‘Waterborne; A Regional Exhibition’ 2008

Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC   ‘Wet Paint 2007’


First Place, International Festival of Small Watercolors, Kiev, Ukraine, 2019

Frank Nash Memorial Award, TWSA 42nd Annual Exhibition 2018

Third Place, Watercolor Salon II, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2017

Best in Show, Door County Plein Air Festival 2017

Elsie and David Wu-Ject Key Memorial Award, AWS 2017 Exhibition

Vernia Rubis Memorial Award, TWSA 2016

High Water Award, RRWS National Show 2016

Artists‘ Choice Award, LPAPA Invitational 2015

High Winds Medal, American Watercolor Society 2015

Bronze Medal of Honor, American Watercolor Society 2012

Painters Award, 2012 Waterworks Exhibition of NWWS

Red River Regional Award, RRWS National Show 2012

Best Collection Award, 2011 Red Wing Plein Air Festival

Richeson Award, 2011 Red River Watercolor Society National Show

People’s Choice Award, MNWS Fall Exhibition 2008

Winner of American Artist international watercolor competition 2006


The Art of Watercolour, March 2021

Modern Masters of Watercolour book (published in Russia 2020)

Pratique des Arts magazine, issue #152, August 2020

The Artist’s Magazine, January 2020

IWS magazine, Summer 2019

Watercolor Artist (cover), December 2018

The Art of Watercolour, June 2017

Southwest Art magazine, November 2017

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, November 2015

Watercolor Artist magazine, May 2015

International Artist magazine, Feb/March 2015

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, December 2014

International Artist magazine, April/May 2014

Watercolor Artist magazine, October 2013

Plein Air magazine, February/March 2012

American Artist ‘Plein Air’ magazine, Spring 2010

Watercolor Artist magazine, Feb 2010

American Artist ‘Watercolor’ magazine, Summer 2008

International Artist magazine, Feb/March 2007

American Artist ‘Watercolor’ magazine, Summer 2006


National Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) , Signature Member

American Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Transparent Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Northwest Watercolor Society, Signature Member

Red River Watercolor Society, Signature Member

California Art Club, Artist Member

Salmagundi Club, Artist Member

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