Joy Brentwood and Ian Pascoe live and work (with greyhound Iggy) in beautiful Rhyll on Victoria's Phillip Island, and find that the beauty of the island and its boats and birds and wildlife and plants are constant sources of inspiration for their art.
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Joy's newest and biggest (150 x 92 cm) painting is called Evening Light.
Inspired by a canoeing trip we did on Tidal River, at Wilsons Promontory, the summer before last. We paddled up as far as we could get, where the river closes in with a dense paperbark forest reaching out over the water. As we paddled back downstream we disturbed a White-Faced Heron who was resting on the river's edge. As we came closer the heron became increasingly nervous, until it was forced to fly off, only to land again about 50 m further down stream. So we were able to video its flight and Joy used this as inspiration for this painting.
Ian has recently been experimenting with Collagraph printmaking. His recent works have been prints of Short-tailed Shearwaters, which arrive at Phillip Island every spring to fish the waters of Bass Strait, and to mate and lay a single egg in a burrow on the cliffs along the southern coast of the island. In autumn they again leave the island to fly to Alaska to fish the Bering Sea, leaving their young to emerge from their burrows and make their own way to Alaska.
The Overwintering Project (www.theoverwinteringproject.com) is a artistic collaboration to publicise the plight of migratory shorebirds, who annually make massive migrations, in order to overwinter in warmer climates.