Joan Humble OAM

Tasmanian Artist

Joan Humble

Joan was born in Birmingham, UK, in 1938 and migrated to Australia with her parents ten years later.  She started her painting career in 1972 studying in London under Frank Walter, an excellent teacher who has influenced her present teaching methods.   Back home in Tasmania the following year, and with her two children at school, she was able to develop her own styles of painting and teaching.  During 1979 she attended the Decordova Art College near Boston in the USA.   She has travelled extensively, visiting many public and private galleries in Australia and overseas, absorbing the best of the artists in her own field while at the same time developing her own unique style.   She lives in Taroona, a beautiful harbourside suburb a few kilometres south of Hobart.

Joan delights in truly portraying the moods and beauty of Tasmania, both in wilderness and in populated areas.   Her source of inspiration is nature and her work is the result of close observation and many field trips.   She has a particular interest in water in all its forms, including seascapes.   She took part in two circumnavigations of Tasmania by sea and has sailed to Port Davey in the remote south-west of the State many times.

Joan's early paintings were mostly medium size, with occasional larger works.   Some of her earliest works were still-life's, mostly of flowers, but she has since concentrated on landscapes and waterways.  Her paintings were very well accepted from the outset and she received awards on the local scene.   In the early 1990s she was asked to consider painting miniature works.   These quickly became successful and started to gain many awards overseas.  Her large and small works are held in many collections world-wide.

Although she has occasionally used other media, almost all Joan's serious paintings have been executed in oils.  Her largest works are on board or linen and her miniatures are on paper, ivorine or polymin.  A few of her very earliest works were signed JIH, all others are signed J I HUMBLE in block capitals near one of the lower corners.  You'll need to look carefully; the signature is usually quite small and in a similar colour to its background.

Joan is a foundation member and committee member of the Australian Society of Miniature Art Tasmania Inc and a member of The Miniature Art Society of Florida and of The Art Society of Tasmania.  She became an Associate of  The Royal Society of Miniature Painters Gravers and Sculptors (RMS) in the United Kingdom in 2006 and was elected a Full Member in 2009.   Early in 2011 she was invited to join The Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington D.C. (MPSGS).  A few weeks later she was elected a Signature Member of The Miniature Artists of America, the first, and so far only, Australian to be so honored.

In June 2014 Joan was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for Service to the Visual Arts as a Landscape Artist.  Four months later her miniature painting of Mt Stokes, South West Tasmania, was awarded the Gold Memorial Bowl at the RMS 2014 annual exhibition.

While continuing her painting, Joan still teaches privately and for the Colour Circle in Hobart.   As well as her painting qualifications and memberships she is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Manufactures and Arts (RSA) and an Associate of the London College of Music

Joan is represented at the Strickland Gallery in the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart,
at Huon Art, Cygnet, Tasmania and at Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba, NSW.

She happily takes commissions to paint Tasmanian and other scenes.   To email her please Click Here.


Recent and forthcoming

Solo Exhibition
April 2018




Latest update    9 April 2018