Wendy Talbot and Lesley Inglis share more than just grandkids as it was soon after their children married, common interests emerged including travel, art, playing cards, adventure and a love for remote places.
Now the pair will showcase their artwork, featuring their travels together, in a joint art exhibition called Rock Paper Scissors at Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery.
The duo said they were friends as well as family and had shared many great experiences together.
“I was going on a holiday and asked Lesley to accompany me and that was the start of many great adventures” Wendy said.
“From Tasmania first, to the Outer Hebrides, France, Croatia – always using an art workshop and a concert as a catalyst and building a holiday around that.
“We discovered in France we also like pushbike riding, so we have named our label, On Yer Bike Designs, in the hope we may one day go riding again.”
Rock Paper Scissor showcases both Wendy and Lesley's artwork of different mediums spread throughout Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery.
“I like to try new mediums; always looking for a way to make marks thus the exhibition is comprised of cold wax, watercolour, ink, oil, acrylic, pastel, collage and of course Leslie's textile works,” Wendy said.
“I would describe my work as contemporary.
“We have had fabric printed from my artwork and Lesley has transformed this into cushion covers, bags of all sizes, purses and a boon for all artists, brush rolls, a perfect way to keep your art gear especially for plain air work.”
Wendy said their Rock Paper Scissors art exhibition came together, like many things in their life, by chance.
“As we don’t like conforming to time deadlines and destinations, we use the left or right when we get to an intersection, or Rock Paper Scissors method of determining the days play,” she said.
“As the basis for this exhibition is our travel recollections put to textile and paint, we thought that an apt name.
“I was passing through Gin Gin last year, visited the gallery and met a fellow artist Sue, the gallery director who was on a workshop on Norfolk Island with me, this is how (it) came to be an exhibition there.
“It’s a great gallery space with very helpful staff.
“I am happy with how the exhibition looks.”
Wendy said she finds inspiration for her artwork through her life, and creativity started at a young age.
“I find inspiration all around me, be it the remnants of breakfast or my shoes,” she said.
“I keep a daily journal, so I just draw whatever is in front of me and try to make it look interesting.
“I love shadows, aerial views, shapes, I love drawing people, it’s a bit hard to narrow down what inspires me.
“I have always had a pencil in my hand, Mum was an artist so this is how we were entertained when children.
“We were a lucky generation that didn’t have television or social media to stifle our creativity, we had to use our own imagination.
“I didn’t know there was a word ‘bored’, we were encouraged to create.”
Rock Paper Scissor exhibition
When: Throughout April
Where: Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery
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