Living with Koalas artist Chris McLelland

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Chris McLelland.   Title: ‘ No Worries ‘  – graphite pencil with a touch of colour


Living with Koalas artist - Chris McLelland


Wildlife artist based in south west New South Wales, Australia

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘ No Worries ‘

Size: W 44cm x  63 cm   | Medium:   Graphite pencil with a touch of colour

” Some years ago I spent a relaxing morning at the koala sanctuary at Port Macquarie [New South Wales, Australia]  and was fascinated by the various postures this sleepy icon of the Australian bush was awkwardly displaying in the treetops.  Consequently I put pencil to paper to capture a number of them. “ Chris McLelland 

Chris McClelland is internationally known for his unique and intricate graphite and coloured pencil drawings of African and Australian wildlife. He is a self taught artist. Africa initially gave him the passion to draw wildlife. 40 years later and many trips to the African continent has given him an intimate knowledge of its wildlife.  His drawings reflect patient and dedicated observation as they capture the natural behaviour, movement and interaction of animals with dedicated accuracy.

Now in retirement, after 43 years on the land, he has been invited to exhibit his work overseas in USA, Africa and UK and was granted Signature Membership of the elite US based Society of Animal Artists Inc. He is also a member of the Canadian based Artists for Conservation and is a Guild Fellow of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists.

2018 Finalist “Ladders of Spots” Artists for Conservation, Vancouver, Canada

2017 Finalist ‘No Worries’ , Artist for Conservation, Vancouver, Canada

2016 Fauna Best Painting Deniliquin Easter Exhibition

2015 Packing Room Award for Best Work in Show ‘No Worries at the AGRA Australian Art Excellence Award Exhibition, Melbourne  

2015 Winner “The Hunter’s Five’  & second place “Don’t you Dare  ‘ – AGRA Gallery

2014  Finalist ‘A Formidable Display’, Artist for Conservation, Vancouver, Canada | Commeneded award ‘Shearing the Weaners’ – AGRA

… plus many others – see Chris’s website  for details    


Living with Koalas 100 artworks