Discover Stunning Australian Tropical Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings and Art Glass.

Searching for stunning tropical paintings, remarkable sculpture, original prints or brilliantly crafted art glass or textiles?

Or are you an artist hoping, as I did, to find peace and tranquility in which to make art or to just think about it? A warm, tropical rainforest climate with a touch of adventure just waiting for you?

Many famous Australian painters on such a quest have gravitated to these northern shores since the early days of European settlement.

View from Flagstaff Hill along Four Mile beachLooking South along Four Mile Beach from Port Douglas Lookout

Often living in rough shacks, hastily thrown up on pristine beaches, beside waterfalls or hidden in the rainforest, they explored their vision with excitement, energy and dedication.

Since time immemorial, their predecessors, the Australian aborigines, have daubed their bodies and painted or carved images on rock faces in ceremonial, cultural rituals.

Aboriginal art history, through cave paintings and dreamtime stories, passed down through generations, informs contemporary arts practice in aboriginal communities across the continent. The resultant paintings, carvings and basketry are highly valued by discerning collectors today.

Wilma Walker's black palm basket at Mossman GorgeWilma Walker's black palm basket with red foxtail palm seeds

Being rather isolated and so far from southern cities, Tropical Australia (everywhere north of the Tropic of Capricorn) covers thousands of square kilometres from Broome in Western Australia through Darwin in the Northern Territory to Cairns in North Queensland. With its vast distances, 'laid-back' lifestyle and colourful 'characters' it retains something of a frontier atmosphere.

mauve flower hanging in garden at Karnak PlayhouseIn the garden at Karnak Rainforest Playhouse

In North Queensland, the drama of crashing tropical thunder and downpours, amazing cloud formations, towering, jungle clad mountain ranges and tidal surges forms the backdrop for tropical paintings, art glass, drawings and sculpture, which have developed a distinctly regional flavour.

Southern end of Four Mile Beach Port Douglas, looking northFour Mile Beach - Port Douglas in the middle distance

In case you're wondering whether I found what I was looking for, the answer is a resounding YES! Read something of my story and how this website came into being here.

Tropical paintings and more...

For examples of tropical paintings and other art-forms being produced in Australia today and to experience this unique part of the world through its paintings, photographs, sculpture or drawings, or to learn about art events or specialist techniques, please refer to the various sections in the navigation bar to the left.

If you would like to BUY FABULOUS, ORIGINAL ARTWORK direct from professional and experienced artists please click here.

NEW! Check out the blog for up to date information about new artworks, art events and artists here. Be privy to the development of new works through artists' journals - perhaps check back on the first day of each month for new opportunities to own the piece of your dreams!

Pure silk scarves, designed and made in Australia are available exclusively from this website, from the Spirit of Oz website, Barbarella and Swan and Jungle Road in Macrossan Street, Port Douglas,  Kick Arts Gallery in Cairns or from Silky Oaks Lodge, where you are also invited to enjoy lunch while overlooking the beautiful Mossman River.

Junk moored at Low Isles, seen from caretakers' cottageJunk moored at Low Isles

Would you prefer to experience first-hand the wild beauty of the Australian tropics as well as the diversity of art workshops, festivals, galleries and markets on offer by holidaying here? Looking for exciting tropical vacation destinations? You may have found some! If not, please ask for specific information.

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As you navigate your way through the site, please use the coloured links to open new pages and find more information.

Would you like to tell us about YOUR Australian tropical paintings? Upload a picture of your latest success or tell the world about your special art event or workshop? Have some fabulous painting tips to share? All FREE to artists or art groups - just follow the links from the HAVE YOUR SAY page on the navigation bar. Enjoy!

Increasingly, I find that visitors to this site are looking for information about some aspect of making art. For example they may be searching for information about how to draw people, how to make a collage or perhaps for a high quality online painting course. Check out reviews about some of the best e-courses available. If you can't find what you are looking for, please ask and I shall do my best to help.

NB: I hope that you also enjoy the images on this site but please note that they and all the text on the site are subject to strict copyright laws and may not be copied without my express permission. If you have a particular reason for wishing to use an image please contact me via the contact form.

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Details from artwork by some of our artists. Please click on each image for more information about the artist.

Jill Booth pale blues with a touch of red - silk
Terry Johnson, pineapples on window sill, looking through to landscape beyond
Mary Ann Runciman, girl with arms above her head
Tania Heben, view from Port Douglas hill to the inlet
Yoshiko Kirby, girl hiding
Anna Curtis, flowering gum flowers
Hoglund Art Glass, red and greens incalmo vase
Beat Urfer - explorers Burke and Wills and King exhausted