Living with Koalas artist - Cheryl Hodges

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Cheryl Hodges.  Title: ‘Forest Redgum – Eucalyptus tereticornis’ – watercolour and graphite.


Multi award-winning watercolour artist based close to Canberra, ACT, Australia

“I love to capture the beauty and intricacies of nature in watercolour – botanical and insects, painting and teaching.”

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: Forest Redgum – Eucalyptus tereticornis
| Size: W 18cm x H 18cm | Medium: watercolour and graphite

“I live near Canberra and wasn’t directly impacted by the bushfires last season, but it was terrible learning of the ongoing devastation, and the smoke was a constant reminder of what was happening to our people and our wildlife. When I heard about ‘Living with Koalas’ I was pleased to find at least a small way in which I could help. Although I don’t usually paint animals other than insects, I do paint plants. I am familiar with the beautiful Forest Redgum which I have painted previously, from specimens at a friend’s property near Nelligen NSW. This is one of the koala’s food trees, for which Living with Koalas is raising funds.” Cheryl Hodges

Cheryl Hodges was raised on a property on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia, and developed a love of nature and art at an early age. In 1999 Cheryl discovered her passion; botanical watercolour painting. Cheryl’s style of painting involves building up the colour in many layers of soft washes, creating an almost translucent effect. She intensifies the final painting with darker washes and dry brush work. She particularly enjoys painting Australian natives and more recently has been focusing particularly on threatened and endangered species. Cheryl teaches both botanical and insect illustration, and has created an online tutorial ‘painting eucalyptus leaves’.

Cheryl has held two solo exhibitions. In 2014 she was invited to join the Florilegium of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney with her paintings Eucalyptus tereticornis and Acacia longifolia now in the permanent collection, and in two publications. She has completed numerous commissions, including a major work for the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, and a ‘rediscovered’ orchid for the CSIRO.

  • 2019   Solo exhibition “Earthly Treasures of our Shire”, The Q Exhibition Space, Queanbeyan NSW
  • 2017   Solo exhibition “Botanical Capital” March 2017, Yarralumla Gallery ACT
  • 2017    Best in Show – Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc members’ exhibition
  • 2017   1st place Miniatures – ASOC members’ exhibition
  • 2017    Council Exhibition Award – Queanbeyan Palerang Council Art Awards
  • 2015    Best in Show – Botanical Art Society of Australia members’ exhibition

Instagram:  @cherylhodgesartist

Living with Koalas 100 artworks