100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Aleesha Barton.    Title: ‘ Hope for Koalas ‘   – coloured pencils

Living with Koalas artist - Aleesha Barton

Aleesha BARTON

Fine artist and illustrator based in South Australia. 

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ Hope for Koalas 

Size: W 21.5cm x 24cm unframed | Medium: colour pencils – Faber Castell Polychromos on Bristol Vellum

“The bushfires across Australia [2019 / 2020] have been devastating for the Koala populations, and I wanted to create a piece that reflected the special nature that people have come to learn about our beloved native marsupial. It’s a myth that Koala’s ‘get drunk’ off gum leaves, for they are actually getting their much needed sleep to help digest the 1 kilogram they consume each night! Together, we can help these beautiful creatures live a happy and long existence among the trees.”  Aleesha Barton

Aleesha Barton specialises in custom portraits, editorial, children’s picture books, prints and home decor. Predominantly working in coloured pencils, Aleesha enjoys the fine details of a drawing. Creative from birth she is always thinking of ways to solve a problem visually, and can see beauty in mundane things.


2021 Upcoming Exhibition – Design Prize and John Shaw Neilson Art Prize  

2019 – 9×5 ‘grow’ Illustrators Australia Exhibition

2019 – Jubilee Park Millicent

2019 – Wattle Range Art Show

2016 – Chocolate Dragonfly Cafe Boronia


2019 Packer’s Prize – Wattle Range Art Show  ‘Len Teagle’

2018 Mayoral Prize – Wattle Range Art Show  ‘Len Teagle’

Living with Koalas 100 artworks