Paint­ing given to RSL

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A LO­CAL artist has do­nated her award-win­ning art­work to the Isis RSL Sub-Branch where it will take pride among its war me­mora­bilia.

Robyn Houschildt’s acrylic paint­ing ti­tled Heed the Si­lent Sen­tinel won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award at the Childers Arts Space re­cent Black and White ex­hi­bi­tion.

In the paint­ing, Ms Houschildt de­picts an un­known sol­dier stand­ing guard in the dead of night as blind­ing flash of mor­tar il­lu­mi­nates the ground be­neath him.

Ms Houschildt, a pho­tog­ra­pher, who has re­cently taken to paint­ing as part of the Childers Arts Coun­cil Vis­ual Arts Group, said the idea arose af­ter dig­ging through some old pho­tos.

“When I looked at this im­age as a neg­a­tive ev­ery­thing that was black was white and ev­ery­thing that was white was black,” she said.

“It looked like a sol­dier stand­ing guard in the mid­dle of the night with mor­tars go­ing off around him.”

Isis RSL Sub-Branch trea­surer Michael Sch­midt said when he vis­ited the gallery to view the paint­ing he knew it would fit in per­fectly with the ta­pes­try of war me­mora­bilia al­ready housed at the lo­cal branch.

“If lo­cal artists and peo­ple who have fam­ily con­nec­tions want to do­nate stuff to us, we are more than happy to take it off their hands,” he said.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

KIND OF­FER: Artist Robyn Houschildt, Isis RSL Sub-Branch trea­surer Michael Sch­midt and Isis RSL Sub-Branch act­ing pres­i­dent Brian Terry with Houschildt's art­work, which she has do­nated to the RSL.

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