You can't add images to scroll panes (at least I think you can't). You have to add Components to scroll panes, then stick the image on the component. Then you might make it transparent.
Joined: Apr 11, 2005
I've tried a few things, starting with a JPanel, with an image, then a JScrollPane on top of that, which contains the JTextArea.
The image shows, but the also covers the text, so its not quite right, and I'm not really sure what I'm doing.
super.paint(g) (and super.paintComponent(g)) clears all previous drawing, then starts all over. So you should move your drawImage call to after the super.paint(g). Also, do NOT dispose this Graphics object - it's still needed for drawing the rest of the GUI. The Swing API will dispose it when needed.
Finally, override paintComponent instead of paint like Michael has shown. Just keep the method protected.