Yeppoon couple win people's choice art award

CREATIVE TEAM: Clare and Renton work on a clay project together in Brisbane earlier this year.
CREATIVE TEAM: Clare and Renton work on a clay project together in Brisbane earlier this year. Contributed

IN BETWEEN renovating their home and plenty of other projects on the go, when Yeppoon's Clare Botfield and Renton Bishopric got the news they'd received a People's Choice Award for their artwork, they were shocked.

Clare, who has her own hand-made jewellery collection, known as Cinnabarsoul and Renton, a potter, created their own piece together and submitted it into the Queensland Regional Art Awards.

Entering their work titled, Millinoma, Clare said the couple made many small pottery bowls with different markings, and participants could look over each of them to see the different impressions, much like human skin.

Following the competition's theme of Vital Signs, Clare said they knew of several friends and family that had dealt with the ordeal of melanoma.

"We wanted people to look at the bowls and then go home and look at their own skin with the same enthusiasm," she said.

Clare said the couple was extremely grateful to receive such an award.

"Last year Renton won the Wayne Kratzmann Award for his piece, Coal For Breakfast, and the prize for that one was $10,000 cash," Clare said.

"This was such an amazing boost for Renton's career as an artist.

"We are so amazed to have won something in the same awards again this year and are so grateful to have the support and encouragement from all of the people who voted for our piece. We are really lucky to have so much support for what we do."

The Queensland Regional Art Awards is an annual visual arts prize and exhibition for established and emerging artists living in regional and remote Queensland.

The program aims to highlight the wealth of creative talent located outside the capital city and provide a platform for further professional and career development.

"This competition is a great initiative for rural artists who are working away in the bush, and it's good for exposure as well," Clare said.

But this isn't the first time the pair have put their heads together to create art.

"We're always bouncing ideas off each other,'' Clare said.

"We make a good creative team.

"We want to start pursuing our art as a full-time job, hopefully next year."

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