Brief Profiles of some ASMA (Tas) Members

Please note that nearly all the square thumbnails involve some cropping.  Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image of the original painting.

Ruth Bosveld

Rounding up the Herefords Rounding up the Herefords
78 x 89 mm
Orange-bellied Parrot 60 x 90 mm Orange-bellied Parrot
60 x 90 mm
Lest We Forget - The Light Horse Brigade 48 x 88 mm Lest We Forget –
The Light Horse Brigade

48 x 88 mm

Ruth is a busy home-schooling mum who has taken various art classes over the years.

In more recent times, she has studied under Joan Humble and has come to really enjoy miniature painting in oils.  She hopes, as her skills improve, to give glory to God by her depiction of His creation.

Ruth thoroughly enjoys her involvement with ASMA Tas.  The people are friendly, their work inspiring, and it has given her the courage and opportunity to exhibit.

More of Ruth’s work can be seen on her Facebook pageContact her at ruthbosveld at gmail dot com

Claire Gill

Eastern Rosella
Eastern Rosella
 King Penguins
King Penguins

I was interested in art at school but was always encouraged to draw rather than paint. It wasn’t until after marriage and three children that the opportunity arose for me to enrol in an Adult Education class in watercolours with Terry Gough. After a few terms with him we were introduced to the miniature, and I was hooked.

I was fortunate to become a founding member of the Australian Society of Miniature Art Tasmania and have gained so much knowledge from that time on, working over several years with other artists at the society’s workshops.

I have exhibited with all the miniature art societies in Australia as well as being accepted to exhibit in world exhibitions in Australia, England, Paris, USA, Russia, South Africa and Japan.

All subjects appeal: shells and flowers, animals and birds, seascapes, landscapes, buildings, and I have just recently attempted a Kenworth Truck!

If nothing else, painting makes me look at this beautiful world differently – what green to use for those trees, how would I paint those rocks? Or that brilliant sky? And what about that glorious little coloured fish…..


Joan Humble OAM

Mt Wellingtonkunanyi / Mt Wellington
Oil on Polymin
55 x 152 mm
Tarn ShelfTarn Shelf
Oil on Polymin
155 x 62 mm
Western ArthursWestern Arthurs
Oil on Polymin
62 x 115 mm

Joan has been painting since the early 1970s and took up Miniature Art twenty years later.  Her miniatures have won many awards overseas, including the Gold Memorial Bowl of the Royal Miniature Society in London.  In 2014 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to landscape art. See her website for more details and images.

Susan Joyce

The Spare Bedroom
The Spare Bedroom

Sydney based Susan Joyce began painting after finding some paints that her children had abandoned.  She attended classes, started collecting painting reference books, concentrated on acrylics and started exhibiting.  Her first solo exhibition, in 2004, was a great success.  A member of ASMA NSW, Philippa Stewart-Hall, was impressed by Susan’s smaller works and suggested that she apply for membership in the Australian Society of Miniature Art.  Susan is now a member of ASMA NSW, Tasmania and Victoria.

Having become an ASMA member, Susan felt she should learn more about miniatures so enrolled in “miniature” classes with graphic designer and miniaturist Tina Spira.  She still attends these when she can.  “Tina excels in getting me out of my comfort zone.  This is very positive for one’s work in general”, she says.

Some of Susan’s most memorable achievements are First Prize at the Royal Agricultural Society’s Easter Show for her painting “Kinsale”, First Prize and Joan Irwin Prize for Miniatures at the Ku-ring-gai Art Society Annual Awards and The Yvonne Perrin Memorial Award for best traditional work at the ASMA Annual Awards for “Little Wych’s Spare Bedroom”.

Janet Matthews

Here I am - Bettong
Here I am!
Bettong  90 x 80 mm
Hmm. Lunch? - Platypu
Hmm. Lunch?
Platypus  90 x 80 mm
It's a Football - Magpies
It’s a Football
Magpies  80 x 90 mm
Woven Magic - Weaver Bird
Woven Magic
Weaver Bird 80 x 90 mm 

Janet Matthews (Dip and Grad Dip Vis Arts, WASF, AGRAF.) is a multi-award winning artist exhibiting regularly in Australia and overseas.  She is a Fellow of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.

Janet’s miniatures have won awards in Australia as well as having been exhibited overseas. She specialises in Colour Pencil and graphite; her work has been described as weaving magic with pencil.  Her signature style is combining colour pencil and graphite, capturing in detail the personality and telling the story of the natural world.  Janet is also member of ASMA Victoria.  For more information about her, please visit her website.

Patricia Young

Heart of the HighlandsHeart of the Highlands
90 x 60 mm
Watercolour pencil
Arches 300 gsm paper
120  x 80 mm
Graphite on
Arches 300 gsm paper
Bush BillabongBush Billabong
90 x 60 mm

Watercolour pencil
Arches 300 gsm paper

Pat has always enjoyed artistic pursuits, particularly drawing. Her skills were encouraged and fine-tuned by talented art teachers during 4 years at Burnie High School, culminating in the School Art Prize in 1953.

Returning to ‘Art for Art’s Sake’ sadly took 50 years, as the vagaries of life, many years of teaching and family commitments, took priority. After retirement from the Education Department at 59, ‘Me Time’ was still lacking as she took on the role of carer for her rapidly-ailing chronically-ill husband and her mother-in-law.

After Pat was widowed in 2002 her elder daughter, artist Fiona Allan, insisted she join a new Adult Education class for Miniature Art.  A “light bulb” moment soon followed when she discovered watercolour pencils, and quickly developed her unique style of pointillism using very fine brushes.  Art soon became a priority in her life as she soaked up new skills and ideas.

Many workshops soon followed – Joan Kelly (miniature art), Chris Cooke (drawing), June Wilson (pastels), Jan Vincent (watercolour) and, more recently, Joan Humble (oils), Janet Matthews (colour pencils), Eve Hales (watercolour) and Malcolm Bartsch (buildings – watercolour), all exposing Pat to new skills on her artistic journey.

Pat has exhibited large and small works around Australia and internationally, often earning awards. Beside watercolour pencil, she favours colour pencil, graphite for portraits both large and small, and pastel for large pieces.

A huge challenge was accepted when she was asked to design and paint, in acrylic, ten pairs of panels, each the size of a normal house door, depicting the Seasons of the Church Year, all undertaken while recovering from multiple hip surgeries over 5 years. The resulting panels feature in the modernised Anglican Church in Burnie, Tasmania.

Pat continues to glean tips from talented tutors providing new challenges to discover and conquer, with Art and the wonderful friends involved playing a major role in her life.