Sal Badcock Studio & Gallery, Mission Beach

About My Art

My paintings have been described as happy and people say that they make them feel bright and cheerful. Those comments are the sort I love to hear as I am a happy person and am so enraptured with the scenes that I paint. I like to hope that this joy and exhuberance comes through in my work.

My inspiration? Mission Beach, its where I live. It is right in the middle of the wet tropics region of Far North Queensland in Australia. Mission Beach is surrounded by magnificent World Heritage rainforest and of course just offshore is the amazing Great Barrier Reef.

Everday I walk outside and see something totally amazing that makes me smile. Whether its the magnificent rainforest, the beaches and any of the creatures I share my world with. I feel humbled that I am lucky enough to be able to put these feelings on canvas and characterise them in bright vivacious paintings.

Thursday afternoons you can find me painting outside local bar/restaurant Oceania. It is a lovely social time where friends come to watch me paint along with any tourists wandering passed. My vernadah at home is my Studio, here you will probably be greeted by fun Australian music and or singing and playing guitar whilst waiting for paint to dry. I am total 70's nut especially Australian. You might notice that some of my works have interesting if not crypic names. Some if these have come from the songs I was listening to at the time.

Currently most Sundays finds me busking near Oceania. Come and join me for a relaxing Sunday afternoon session "Underneath The Radar".


I was born Tasmania in 1964 (the year the Beatles toured Oz). Married the love of my life in 1988, and had a beautiful daughter in 1993 and am the proud owner of an extremely dotty Dalmatian called Dax.

I grew up on the North West Coast of Tasmania with my Grandmother. I completed my Nursing training in 1984 and continued Nursing until 1988 when I left to become a full-time Art student. Then in 1989 we moved South and lived just outside Hobart until 2001.

Back in Tassie I sang and played bass guitar in a 4 piece rock band. I was lucky enough to fall in with a group of guys who were fabulous musicians with 20 years experience behind them. I, on the other hand, was the raw beginner. It was fantastic.

In 2001, we took a giant step, sold everything, and moved to Mission Beach, Far North Queensland, and we haven't looked back.

I am madly and passionately in love with my new place in space. The tropics are my inspiration, everywhere you look there is colour and life. The rainforest and shorelines are alive with birds, butterflies, frogs, flowers and the list goes on. Their colours, in some cases are totally unbelievable. How can they possibly be so bright?

We are so lucky to live in a place where the creatures are so much a part of our lives, we share their world, and they share ours. Sometimes quite intimately, we have a little bird who roosts on our verandah each night, sunbirds who build their nests anywhere they can, even pythons who wander through every now and then (but that's another story).

I am still singing solo and loving it. The challenge of performing a whole night by yourself is fabulous. I am now the proud owner of both an acoustic guitar, a fabulous vintage 12 string guitar and an acoustic bass which I pull out sometimes too. I love to sing.

I am also currently singing with two fabulous ladies in a 60's style girl band called The Retro Sisters. We are having a ball loving performing together singing songs by The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Supremes ... to name but a few. As a trio we fit together seamlessly taking turns singing lead vocals delivering awesome harmonies.

Sal the Artist

In 1988 I completed a Certificate in Art and Design majoring in Ceramics and have also completed a variety of other Art courses.

I enjoy the challenge of painting on different surfaces, basically I view anything that stands still long enough as a potential "canvas", clothes, furniture, walls, doors you name it, I have probably painted something on it.

I have worked as an Artist in residence at Levendale Primary School, Tasmania

And more recently at Bruce Arthurs Artist Colony, Dunk Island until Cyclone Larry destroyed it in 2006.

I have also been known to design and sew the occasional dress or outfit and been roped into creating various costumes around the place for themed parties. Including lots of Retro nights and a few local productions.


Department of Transport Northern Offices, Townsville


2006-2010 - annual 'KickArts fundraiser exhibitions (Cairns, QLD)

2005 - 'Feast of the Senses' exhibition (Innisfail, QLD)

2004 - 'Feast of the Senses' exhibition (Mourilyan, QLD)

2003 - 'From Now Until Then' retrospective exhibition (Sal Badcock Studio & Gallery, Mission Beach, QLD)

2001 - 'Red Ochre 2001' exhibition,(Dodges Ferry, Tasmania)

2000 - 'Red Ochre 2000' exhibition, (Dodges Ferry, Tasmania)

Group mural dislplay at the 2005 'Feast of the Senses' exhibition.

If you like this painting and would like one similar (a commission), or have questions about price, method of payment, packing and shipping, please email Sal.

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~ Sal Badcock Studio & Gallery, Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia ~