Painting given to RSL
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.
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.