Living with Koalas - artist David REYNOLDS

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by David Reynolds: Title: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a Gumtree (Eucalyptus globulus) – watercolour on paper

Living with Koalas artist David Reynolds


Botanical, Natural History and Wildlife Watercolour Artist based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus ) in a Gumtree (Eucalyptus globulus)

Size: unframed 26cm wide x 36cm high | Medium: watercolour on paper

“The recent bushfires {2019/20] devastated the Koala population in Australia and had a massive impact not only on their habitat, but the wider environment. Koalas are unique, beautiful creatures and an international icon of Australia. I hope my contribution to this exhibition does something to help replenish the koala numbers back in the wild.” David Reynolds

David Reynolds is an experienced botanical and natural history artist. He would describe himself as a tonal painter. He enjoys painting in rich natural pigments, always looking to achieve a high level of accuracy within his work. David relies heavily on a combination of good composition, tone and light to achieve a high level of detail of his chosen subject. His background is in commercial art, graphic design, photography and multimedia. The skills developed in these areas have given him an appreciation for colour, composition and aesthetics. David paints using watercolour and finds the medium exciting and vibrant with its beautiful rich colours and its ‘sometimes unpredictable’ nature. He describes his style as ‘Accurate Realism’ and is always looking to portray his botanical and wildlife subjects with the most accurate detail possible yet doing it in a ‘painterly’ way honouring the watercolour medium.

As part of Australia’s contribution to the World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition held in Canberra in May 2018, David Reynolds had two Banksia paintings represented – Banksia integrifolia and Banksia serrata. David recently wrote and directed a documentary on 6 of Australia’s most respected botanical artists. The documentary is called ‘Studio Sessions’ and can be purchased through his website.

instagram: @botanicalarttv

Living with Koalas 100 artworks