Kayla Outhred is a Newcastle based artist [NSW, Australia] who produces hand drawn artworks inspired by her passion for wildlife and beloved family pets. She developed an early fascination for the natural world and also an appreciation for the arts, growing up being surrounded by and exploring the beautiful Lake Macquarie and Watagan Mountains.
Kayla loves creating detailed lifelike representations of her subjects that really capture their individual personalities, using a range of mediums including graphite, charcoal, coloured pencils, pastels and watercolours.
Her love for wildlife was recently reignited when she had the experience of helping care for an orphaned wallaby joey Ruby, which really opened her eyes to the incredible and selfless work done by wildlife carers. Then when the relentless fires started it was even more apparent that they had a massive task ahead, so to help them focus on the important work of caring for the animals, she put on a sewing session to help make pouches for the joeys. She believes the amount of care, love and dedication they have for our wildlife, in order to help give them a second chance at life, is truly heartwarming and gained a huge amount of respect for their incredible efforts. She then went on to draw Ruby and continue with a series of Australian Wildlife artworks, to help honour them and bring awareness to our unique wildlife.
She currently has work available in the Creative Village Charlestown, and creates pet portrait commissions, participating in various events that support animal rescue groups. She has previously had work in local cafes and been invited to showcase her work as a part of the RAW Natural Born artists. She has completed a short course in Natural History Illustration run by Newcastle University. She has also created artwork for the Numbat Project and donated a Bilby print for the Animal Rescue Cooperative (ARC) Easter raffle and wishes to continue contributing to these types of important projects that help secure a future for our wildlife.