100 Artworks for a Koala entry by John DEERY.    Title: ‘ Hang On  – acrylic on paper

living with koalas artist John DEERY


Artist born in Healesville, Victoria, now residing  in Tallangatta. Victoria, Australia.

“My future work will encompass the plight of animals and birds that are endangered.”

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ Hang On ‘ 

Size: W 500mm (20 inches) x H 750mm  (30 inches) |  Medium: acrylic on paper  TECHNIQUE:  Painted in base colours and over painted with very fine brush strokes to create fur.

The title ‘Hang On’ to me means there is help on the way.  Projects like to 100 Koalas are a good way of informing people. It can also mean that man can help to stop extinction by planting more trees suitable for the Koala – stop clearing the natural bush – make sure there is water available during drought. John DEERY

John DEERY: “From an early age I frequently visited the Healesville Sanctuary, where I became fascinated with Australian animals, and to this day that has not changed. I spend a lot of time in the bush observing wildlife and enjoying the tranquillity.  I started drawing as a child and found that I had a natural gift, took up painting a variety of subjects – landscapes, rivers, animals, and birds.  I have sold paintings privately all over the world and have entered numerous art shows with great success.  My future work will encompass the plight of animals and birds that are endangered.  I have recently become a member of The Australian Conservation Foundation.  As an artist I can try to make people more aware through my paintings of the plight of these beautiful creatures.  It would be a sad day indeed if there were to be no more Koalas left in the wild.”

Living with Koalas 100 artworks