Artist : Pauline Roods
Location: Hello Koalas Gift Shop, 16/10 Bellbowrie Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Description / Inspiration
The Mayor of the Koala Republic is a regal government representative for the koala population.
Befitting his rank the Mayor is dressed in his Official Mayoral red robe, but unlike his human counterparts, his robe is trimmed with gold braid not fur. His very important chain of office has been specially designed in silver, carefully depicting the delicate blossoms, leaves and nuts of the Australian Gum Tree.
This pattern of Australian Fauna continues around the medallion, which depicts a plaque etched with the southern cross and is held in place by two koalas.
Pauline Roods has been painting for over 30 years. She is a realist, with a preference to work with acrylic and watercolour. Pauline believes these mediums allow her to create pictures with character, expression and dimension.
Pauline's goal is not only to present a scene, but to place the viewer within that scene.
Pauline grew up in Port Macquarie, and a love of its natural beauty runs deep in her veins.
Pauline has had a number of exhibitions, and her works hang in collections (both private and commercial) in Australia, Japan, Singapore, America, New Zealand and Fiji.
Pauline is Hello Koalas most prominent artist, having completed 16 sculptures for the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, including Mack The Surf Lifesaver (McDonalds), Chief Westpac Rescue Helicopter Pilot, Dr Stu Dent (UNSW Rural Clinical School / Wauchope Hospital), Ranger Riley (Roaming Ambassador, Save our Species Program, NSW National Parks), Lord Burrawan (Highfields Manor), Vik The Viking (Hastings Valley Vikings Rugby Club) and two favourites Winnie the Unicorn and Koalasaurus-MAX - both at the Hello Koalas Gift Shop, 16/10 Bellbowrie Street, Port Macquarie - just 5 minutes from Settlement City Shopping Centre.