100 Artworks for a Koala entry by  Tracie MacVean.    Title: ‘Koala escaping flames  – oil on canvas.

Living with Koalas artist Tracie MacVean

Tracie MacVEAN

Artist based in Victoria, Australia. A painter in all mediums. 

“Two of my great passions in life are the environment and painting.”

  100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘Koala escaping flames‘  Size: 40cm w x 30cm h | Medium: oil on canvas

“I’ve never really used red, orange and yellow in my colour palette until December 30th 2019, when I was evacuated and saw the nearby mountains glow red. This sight of the ominous glow filled me with a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear and wonder. My work has never been quite the same since.“ Tracie MacVean

Two of my great passions in life are the environment and painting. Through painting I question our role in relation with nature as I seek to spread the awareness that the natural world is threatened both directly by human abuse and indirectly by overpopulation. It is obvious that we – modern society – have become increasingly detached from nature and in order to secure a place for future generations (all species alike) it is vital that we tune ourselves in with the environment and regain greater awareness of our planet and thus take better responsibility of it.

Environmental themes have always dominated my paintings yet a passion for the human form is ever present. I portray nature and our ecosystem as a figure that we can directly relate to and understand expressions. Often the human form is depicted as a substitute where native animals should be, fragile and exposed, or shown symbolic of all humanity and its power over nature. These paintings expose the fragility and grief our Mother Nature endures.

The truth is that we are part of nature as anything else, we are made up of the same elements and our bodies can tune into the same vibrations, but ultimately, WE are nature.


“Nature & Us” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery


Mural – Early Years Academy childcare, Thurgoona NSW

Mural – Westside Community Centre, West Albury NSW

Mural on car for “The Shitbox Rally 2019

Mural – The Goddess Emporium, Albury NSW


Mural – The Sustainable Activities Centre, Wodonga Vic              

Mural – GIGS Artists’ Studios, Lincoln Causeway Wodonga Vic

Other Places and Inner Spaces” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Mural on a piano – Cube, Wodonga Vic

From The Heart” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery


Mural – Cocoa Collective, Albury NSW

Mural – Calm Companions, Gold Coast, Queensland

Vinyl Wrap Mural – Wodonga Council, Stanley St, Wodonga Vic

“Solo exhibition” The Secret Cup Café, Wodonga

Collectively 2016” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery


Fear Uprooted” Solo Exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Collectively 2015” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Analogous” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery


Mural – Glenrowan Tourist Centre, Glenrowan Vic

Mural – Possum Works, Albury NSW

“Encompass” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

“People’s Choice’’ Award Winner for “Encompass” exhibition


The Flourishing and the Fragile” solo exhibition, Elvery Fine Art Gallery, Chiltern

Borderville” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Jump In” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

StartUP” exhibition, Bright Court House, Bright


“Trinity College Art Exhibition Acquisitive Award” exhibition, Thurgoona

Flora and Fauna” Solo exhibition, Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga

“Emerging Artist Award Winner” Chiltern Art Show, Chiltern Community Hall

“People’s Choice” Award Winner for “Nude” exhibition

Nude” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Black and White” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Segments” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Go Figure” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery

Hume Building Society Acquisitive Art Award” art prize finalist, Art Space, Wodonga


Evolve” exhibition, Regional Art Gallery, Albury


Rock Paper Scissors” exhibition, Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga

Transient” exhibition, Gigs Art Gallery


Manna” exhibition, Regional Art Gallery, Albury

Presence” Solo Exhibition, Creators Art Gallery, Wodonga

2015 – 2017: Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Art)Charles Sturt University

2008 – 2012:Completed Advanced Diploma of Fine ArtsAlbury Riverina TAFE

instagram: @traciemacveanartwork


Living with Koalas 100 artworks