Water colour artist based in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.
100 Artworks for a Koala entries (two artworks) : Title: ‘Ellie’ & ‘Lewis’
Size of each artwork: 30cm x 42cm (A3) | Medium: watercolour on arches 300gsm
“During the smoke filled days of the 2019 bush fires that raged across so many parts of Australia, like many artists, I painted koalas as a tribute to all the wildlife killed and injured. The tragic loss of a great number of these gentle creatures is yet another reminder of how fragile our native species are; in particular the koala which desperately needs to be declared an endangered species and its habitat increased and protected. The first koala painting I named “Ellie” after the out-of-control blaze that tore through the Ellenborough area on the Mid North Coast of NSW near our Port Macquarie Hinterland property. The second painting I called “Lewis” after a heroic rescue in the same area by a local woman who saw the dazed and confused koala crossing the road heading back into the burning woodland. She leapt from her car and followed him, literally stripping the shirt off her own back to cover and carry the singed and wailing animal to safety then delivering him to the Koala Hospital. She called him Lewis after her grandson. ” Tracy Hughes