100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Denise Smith.    Title: ‘You’re the One That I Want!’ – watercolour

Living with Koalas artist - Denise Smith

Denise SMITH

Artist based in Healesville. Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. A passionate wildlife artist.

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘You’re the One That I Want!’

Size: 56cm w x  70cm h (artwork only)  Medium / technique:  watercolour on Artistico Fabriano 640gsm watercolour paper.  

“You’re The one that I Want” – I visit Healesville Sanctuary on a regular basis to sketch and photograph the animals for reference purposes. This painting eventuated from one of my visits. I thought it appropriate for Living With Koalas as this piece shows the Koala reaching for his food source! Their habitat in many places has been devastated due to bush fires and illegal logging so Koalas’ food is in short supply but not for this little guy! I used watercolour and gouache on very thick Fabriano 640gsm watercolour paper. It was a challenge as this piece is the largest watercolour I have created up to the present.” Denise Smith

Denise Smith” Wrendale Art Studio. Denise’s subjects and inspiration nearly always come from nature with Wildlife high on the list. Denise loves painting Australian birds and animals. The exotic species are also of special interest. A realist painter using the mediums of watercolour, pastel, acrylic but recently experimenting with inks. They are so much fun they have an element of unpredictability which I love! Denise strives for the individuality and quirky personality of each of her subjects! Denise also invites commissions in Pet Portraiture. 

Denise currently resides in the tourist town of Healesville in the Yarra Valley in the state of Victoria. She is actively involved in local Art Societies and exhibits widely in and around her local area. Denise has won numerous awards with her artworks. Denise also runs classes at her Wrendale Art Studio which is at her home just 10minutes from the Healesville Township. 

Mt. Evelyn & Yarra Valley Arts Society Inc. – Exhibition at Warratina Lavender Farm

2008 –  Best Oil/Acrylic – “Rainbow Lorikeets”

2010 – Best in Show – “Can’t get a Word In” – Blue Fairy Wrens

Mt Evelyn & Yarra Valley Arts Society Inc. – Exhibition at Warratina Lavender Farm

2006 – Best Oil/Acrylic – “Eastern Grey”

2006 – Highly Commended – “Green and Gold Bell Frog”

Off The Wall Art Exhibition – Warburton – Judged by Robert Knight

2014 – Best in Show – “Who Me?” – Tawny Frogmouths – Pastel

Off The Wall Art Exhibition – Warburton – Judged by the Public

2016 – First Place – “Happy Not Yappy” – Acrylic

instagram: @denise.artist


Living with Koalas 100 artworks