Living with Koalas artist - Rose Watson

100 Artworks for a Koala entry by Rose Watson.    Title: ‘ Hope’ –  oil on linen

Living with Koalas artist - Rose Watson


Multi-disciplinary, award-winning artist based in the Tweed/Byron region, New South Wales, Australia 

A love for art, nature, culture and learning

100 Artworks for a Koala entry: Title: ‘Hope‘ | Size: w47cm x H 63 cm  | Medium: Oil on linen

‘ This is ‘Hope’.  She represents coming out of the dark past and shining a light on the plight to save our koalas. ‘Hope’ is a reflection of the expectation and desire to save this iconic Australian marsupial. When there is a bushfire Koalas cannot escape danger easily like other animals as they spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping in eucalyptus trees. Due to illegal fur trading, deforestation, bush fires, wild dogs and other environmental factors such as traffic, the population in Australia has greatly diminished. Over the past 30 years I have planted trees, protested to the Australian Parliament and fronted committees in an attempt to educate and bring forth positive change at all levels.

Currently koalas are vulnerable to extinction in the wild within the next 30 years.  It is my wish that all animals will have the opportunity to live without threat or disease and that ‘Hope’ will guide everyone to understand the critical need to protect all wildlife and their forest habitats.” Rose Watson

As a former computer engineer Rose Watson explores her passion for nature, the arts and technology through drawing, painting, photography and digital art.  She is an ardent supporter for the remaining forest remnants in Australia and is a vocal advocate for protecting Koala habitat.  Her exhibition ‘There is a language, little known’ is currently showing at the Tweed Regional Gallery.  Rose’s artwork has been selected as a finalist in galleries in Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Los Angeles and New York.  In 2019 she exhibited in the Façade Art Deco Exhibition for the Tweed Gallery in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia, while completing a six month residency at the Caldera Wildscapes Gallery. Rose also won 1st Prize in the digital category at the Murwillumbah Rotary Art Prize.  Her work is held in private collections in Australia, United States, Canada, Greece, France and Romania.


artist exhibitions 

2020    Tweed Regional Gallery – There is a language, little known

2019      Caldera WILDSCAPES Gallery & Studio – Artist in residence

2019      C.A.S.E. Inc Postcard show – Mullumbimby, NSW

2019      The Other Portrait Exhibition – Byron to Burleigh, NSW

2019      Lethbridge Gallery 20000 small scale art award

2019      Tweed Regional Gallery – Façade Art Deco Exhibition in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia – Art Deco from the National Collection: The world turns modern

2019      Murwillumbah Arts Trail participating artist – Caldera WILDSCAPES Gallery

2019      Beneath & Beyond – Garden Gallery Murwillumbah

2019      Ocean Shores Country Club Art Competition

2019      Murwillumbah Rotary Art Prize

2018      Gallery 7 Art Prize

2018      Vivid Sydney exhibition, group project

2018      North Coast NSW TAFE, Graduate exhibition

2018      Border Art Prize

2016      North Coast NSW TAFE, group exhibition

2016      Border Art Prize

2015      Tweed Unlimited Arts group exhibition

2015      Signatures of War – ANZAC solo exhibition, Pottsville Beach RSL/Sports Club

2014      Dacia Gallery, New York, Group Exhibition – Romanian moments

2013      Romanian Residency Group Exhibition, Sibu Romania – Dacia Gallery pop up exhibition


Living with Koalas 100 artworks