Living with Koalas artist Lesley Kane

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Lesley KANE .    Title:  ‘ Tree Hugger ‘  – oil pastel

Lesley KANE 

Multi award-winning Artist based in Mackay, Queensland, Australia

“Art and creativity are, and always will be, my first passion.”

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ Tree Hugger

Size: W 32cm x H 42cm  Medium: oil pastel on printed callagraph  paper

“ Cute and cuddly is the common perception of koalas – but fragile, endangered and resilient is a more accurate description.  If we don’t keep and manage their food supply of fresh and abundant gum leaves they risk extinction.  ‘ Tree Hugger ‘ is aimed at alerting more people about restoration and sustainability of Australia’s unique landscape and the koala friendly gum trees which are so important to their survival. “ Lesley Kane


Lesley KANE   “Layers of memories, drawings, and texture inform my art practice.  I’m fortunate to live on the Queensland coast and I continue to explore it each day.  My local environment is the inspiration for my artwork, and the stimulant for a experimenting with all things creative – including painting, drawing, environmental sculpture, printmaking, craft, teaching and mentoring.”


2020 “Kimberley Escape” – Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens  

2017 “Recent Works”  Jubilee Gallery Mackay  

2017 “Marking Time” Gallery 48 The Strand Townsville  

2017 “Lunaverse” Art, Poetry, Music in a Yoga studio – Anywhere Festival  

2012 “Recent Work” Mill Gallery Yeppoon  

2011 “Shell Shock” Umbrella Studio Townsville  

2011 “Who Minds the Shells” Coalface Gallery Moranbah  

2010 “Who Minds the Shells” Artspace Mackay  

2008  “Noughts & Crosses” Barossa Regional Gallery 

2007 “Noughts & Crosses” Arthouse Mackay 

“Sinistra” Gargett Gallery  

2005 “Letters of Intent” Whitsunday Anglican School 


2020 “Libris Awards” Artspace Mackay

2020 Sugartime – Jubilee Centre 

2020 Cedar Gallery Eungella

2019 “Foundations in Drawing”  – Artspace Mackay 

2017 “Fiji Greenhouse” – CQU Gallery, Mackay 

2014 “Colours of the Coral” – Museum of Tropical North Queensland

2013 “Libris Awards” Artspace Mackay 

2012 “Looking Forward Looking Back” Artspace Mackay

2010 “Printbank” Artspace Mackay

2010 “Libris Awards” Artspace Mackay

2008  “Libris Awards” Artspace Mackay

2007 “Flying Arts Brisbane” Metro Arts Brisbane

2007 “Flying Arts Regional” Rockhampton Regional Gallery 

2006 “Compact Prints” Umbrella Studio Townsville 

2006 “Flying Arts Regional” Pinnacles Gallery Thuringowa

2005 “Habitus Habitat – Great!walks Art & Environment” Artspace

2004  “The River” Artspace Mackay

2002/02 “Flying Arts INK” Tour selected galleries QLD, NSW, NT

2D Media, H Block Exhibition, QUT, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane

2012 Moreton Bay Art Awards (Finalist), Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine

artist publications 

Subtle Body Colour Bracelet

Kerr, J & Seevink, J (2014) ‘Synthesizing Form And Data: Developing Practices For Student Engagement And Learning’ Parsons Journal for Information Mapping New York. Volume V1, (Issue 3 Summer). Page 8-9.



2019 Winner Drawing Award, Mackay Art Society  

2016 Winner Open,  Pioneer Valley Arts  

2016 First Prize Works on Paper Mackay Art Society  

2013 First Prize Landscape/Seascape Mackay Art Society 

2012  First Prize Open Sarina Scope  

2009 Winner Inaugural Postcard Prize Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre 

2009 Winner Contemporary Prize Mackay Art Society

2008 First Prize Works on Paper  

2007 First Prize Local Artist,  Mackay Art on Show

2003 BHP Cannington Drawing Award Cloncurry Arts Council 

2002 Print Award Sugartime Art Exhibition 

2002 Winner Open Pioneer Valley Arts Inc 

2002 Contemporary Figurative Award Sarina Visual Arts, 

2001 SAS Strategic Award Barcaldine Arts

2019 5th Lane Street Art Project  

2017 “Lunaverse” Installation  Anywhere Festival

2105 Installation, Wave Harp, Strand Ephemera, collaboration with Jenni Hanna, Neil Brookes.

2014 Mural, Time Lapse, Mackay Entertainment Centre  

2014 Mural on Ceiling, Wartime Aircraft, collaboration with Jenni Hanna, RSL Finch Hatton Sub Branch  

2008 Mural, Underground Miners, Jennmar Australia Pty Ltd Mackay  

2008 Shadow Puppets,  Design & Performance Assistant, River Rock to Mountain Top Festival 

2004 Pole Painting Project, Pioneer Valley Arts

2004 Mural Project, Gargett State School

2002 Pole Painting Project, Mackay

2018 – 13   Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Mackay Regional Council, member 

2018 – 04  Artspace Mackay, Volunteer 

2013 River Rock to Mountain Top Festival, Arts Trail Participant 

2012 – 03 Gargett Gallery Director, Artist in Residence 

2010 River Rock to Mountain Top Festival, Piano with Attitude Project Manager 

2010 – 04 Flying Arts Inc, Regional Rep 

2009 Mackay Festival of Arts, Divine Kitchen Drawing Class 

2009 – 08 Mackay Regional Council, Rural Affairs Advisory Committee Delegate  

2009 -08 Abaf Arts & Business, Committee Member  

2009 – 089 River Rock to Mountain Top Festival, Assistant Processional Puppets Project  

2007 Middlemount Arts Council, Residency, Coalfields to Coast Festival  

2005 – 1997 Variety Club Qld – Bash entrant 5 

2003 Mirani Shire Council, Australia Day Cultural Award  

1998 Mirani Rotary Club, Vocational Service Award  

1997 Pioneer Valley Tourism & Development – Community Service Award

facebook :

Living with Koalas 100 artworks