Australian Artists of the Tropics - Directory and Information.

This directory about Australian artists, living and working north of the Tropic of Capricorn, includes many leading North Queensland painters and sculptors. They are mostly interested in portraying some aspect of life in this beautiful far-flung region.

Click on each name to learn more about them.

Although this page is subdivided into painters, print-makers, sculptors and so on, frequently a painter is also a textile artist, sculptor or glass artist - who becomes a print-maker, or even a writer, when  the subject warrants that transition. That is often the nature of true creativity.

Diverse subject matter might include studies of tropical rainforest plants, tropical birds, figure drawings and portraits, the tropical savannah, Australian myths and legends as well as reflections upon the human condition.

Often trained in southern states or in other countries, frequently with a successful artistic career behind them, they are attracted to the relaxed life-style and stunning beauty of the forests, mountains and tidal fore-shores. Many of these artists are environmental crusaders, story-tellers or social commentators.

Please note that, should you purchase work from any of the artists listed in this artist directory page, they GUARANTEE that the workmanship and materials used are of the highest possible standard.


Tania Heben
is an oil painter who often paints 'people in the landscape' as they go about enjoying the beach, markets, inland rivers and jungle. She has also recorded many old buildings, such as sugar cane "barracks" - sometimes just before they have been demolished!

Linda Jackson, renowned as a fashion designer and trend-setter from her work with Jenny Kee in establishing Flamingo Park and later her own frock salon, Bush Couture, has concentrated on tropical paintings on canvas and lengths of painted and dyed fabric of recent years.

Jill Booth
paints and prints "one off" lengths of silk and semi-abstract paintings on canvas or paper in her Port Douglas studio, subject matter usually being the Australian landscape.

Terry Johnson works from his gallery in Robe, South Australia, but also spends winters in Port Douglas. His tropical, acrylic paintings reflect his happy attitude to life, subjects often being people enjoying their holidays in the tropics!

Mary Ann Runciman is passionate about using oil paints in her portraits of Port Douglas characters, paintings of boats in the inlet and figure drawings from life studies.

Yoshiko Kedoin Kirby, torn between two cultures, has developed autobiographical narratives, reminiscent of the style of traditional Japanese paintings as her personal, expressive language.

Beat Urfer is a magician, so they say! Combining the technically challenging medium of vitreous enamel with acrylic paints he develops jewels of artworks that tell stories as they explore European and Australian myths and legends.


Anna Curtis specialises in hand cut lino-blocks, which she uses to produce a wonderful array of highly skilled and engaging nature-inspired original reduction lino prints.


Lone White was born in Denmark, lives in Cairns and travels widely in Asia, whose cultures and customs often inform her work. She is particularly interested in developing special glazes for her evocative ceramic forms.

Judith Bohm-Parr works with a variety of glass art techniques - from ethereal pate de verre forms to more functional bowls and jewellery, exploring themes as diverse as the Great Barrier Reef and historic dry inland mining areas.

Marie Simberg-Hoglund collaborates with her partner, Ola Hoglund, on rainforest and hand painted graal forms for their stunning kiln formed glass vessels, utilitarian and decorative pieces as well as their distinctive glass jewellery.

Ola Hoglund says that his energy and inspiration often comes from the molten glass itself as he, literally, breathes life into it. His family in Sweden is famous for quality blown glass and Ola follows this tradition, seeking a pure line and form in his work.

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