Leanne Barrett: About Me

About Me

I am an avid reader, art lover, writer and mother to a university student. I developed a passion for picture books - especially illustrations - during my university years. I can often be found in Canberra bookshops browsing the picture book section. 

Promotion of art and literature is very important to me and I love attending art exhibitions, book launches and supporting local writers and artists. With a BEd (Primary School) and a MEd (Teacher Librarianship). 

I have been a stay-at-home mum, a relief primary school teacher, teacher librarian, Landcare volunteer, volunteer guide at the National Gallery of Australia, genealogist, book reviewer for Kids' Book Review and Reading Time, and I spent 5 years volunteering for The Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch holding the positions of Author/Illustrator Visits Coordinator and President. 

I am member of the Artists Society of Canberra and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. 

My creative work and exploration...

  • drawing and painting
  • writing both fiction and non-fiction
  • viewing art with my friends
  • talking about art with colleagues
To find out more about this see my blog.

I like to;
  • read adult historical fiction and fantasy and I adore reading children's picture books 
  • attend all manner of lectures and talks - as I love to learn
  • go to art exhibitions and movies
  • listen to music
  • sing and play the piano (badly) 



Leanne Barrett is an artist, writer and founder of the Canberra Children’s Illustrators Group. She is currently working at creating new illustrations for her next market stall and her portfolio. She has a MEd (Teacher Librarianship), and is the former president of CBCA ACT Branch. Her paintings are created in a whimsical style using ink, watercolour and acrylic paints. She has reviewed books for the website Kids’ Book Review and was recently one of the roving reporters at the 2019 SCBWI Conference in Sydney. Leanne lives in Canberra and often includes a ladybug or bees in her illustrations. 


Artist Statement: 

Leanne Barrett is a full time artist. She has been an art tour guide and a Teacher Librarian. Leanne has attended art classes in life drawing, pottery and intuitive painting.

Her whimsical art explores the natural world and the rural landscape. Leanne’s first exhibition, Story Time, introduced her adventurous chickens silhouette illustrations. Her paintings are created using ink, watercolours and acrylic paint.

Leanne sees her art as a journey to happiness and a place of peace where she reconnects to her inner child.


Leanne is a guest reviewer for Kids' Book Review. She was a regular reviewer during 2012, 2017-2019 and her reviews can be found here

Leanne was one of the Roving Reporters at the SCBWI Sydney Conference 2019 see her profile here and her two articles:

Leanne was also a reviewer for Reading Time: The Journal for The Children's Book Council of Australia 2011 - 2013

Leanne is the founder of the Facebook group Canberra Children's Illustrator's Group

This is an informal group of children’s illustrations that like to meet face-to-face. It is a small localised group from the Canberra Region that likes to support each other's creative journey. 

Leanne's original blog was the creative blog Ladybird's Flight


Leanne is a member of the following organisations/groups.

Artists Society of Canberra - member
Australian Picture Book Authors and Illustrators - member
Canberra Children's Illustrators Group - founder
The Cardboard Box Illustration Challenge - member
IllustrationBiz - founding member
Just Write For Kids - member
The National Gallery of Australia - member
The National Library of Australia - friend
Sketchbook Revival - member
Strathnairn Arts - member
Woman Unleashed: Inner Circle - member

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