Payne, Jenn

Jenn is a Mission Beach artist whose love of the sun, the sea, the islands, and all things tropical inspire many of her works.

Jenn Payne was born in Melbourne but fell in love with the Queensland tropics many years ago.  Her love for painting and weaving began in 1982 after meeting two Australian major artisans, Noel Wood and Bruce Arthur on Bedarra Island.  Settling in the Mission Beach mainland in 1985 she worked on a local tourist boat before earning a Skipper’s ticket which deepened her respect for the ocean as well as marine life, particularly fish and the Great Barrier Reef.  

 ‘I fell in love with boats and the sea so I bought my own small yacht and sailed around the islands on my days off. I present unique aspects in artwork which is a combination of both underwater scenes and land form.’ Jenn stated, ‘I photograph my own work and then I artistically interpret the beautiful essence of each scene. Painting is important to me and each work expresses the joy and spontaneity of tropical island and mainland life.’

Jenn’s  collection ranges from beaches, flora, and fauna to people. Her style is unmistakable with vibrant colours, bold brushstrokes and a confident approach. These works capture the beautiful and unique coastal region of the far north. Jenn has a natural gift for observation and an ability to interpret her subject matter with creativity and freshness. Her paintings encourage us to pause and think about the tropical north and how Australian cultural imagery is grounded in bright tropical paintings. This is confirmed in the bursts of colour in Jenn’s works that typify Australian light, summer and lifestyle.

Jenn featured in the Artist's Palette Magazine in 2010 and many of her works are held in private collections worldwide.

See more of Jenn's original artworks on Instagram @tropicalparadiseart or online at

Click to read and/or download feature articles about Jenn Payne:

Artist's Palette No. 92 (2010)

Artist's Palette No. 88 (2010)

Bow 2 Stern (November 2010 #11)