We are actually two artists who work together, bringing two cultures to our work. Sharne Brennan is from the Murrawarri People, who come from Brewarrina in NSW. Sharne’s family are part of the stolen generation. Her grandmother known lovingly by the Murrawarri people as Matey, was taken from Brewarrina to Cunnamulla in Qld. Sharne’s father was born in Cunnamulla. Sharne’s parents met and married in Charleville where Sharne was born. Sharne grew up in Qld living on a number of outback cattle stations where her father, Lyle Capewell, worked at different times until he became involved with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Commission until his retirement. Sharne won her first art competition when she was seven and has since won prizes for her work in the Mary River district. Her art work depicts her love for her traditional indigenous heritage,
Lynn Cox is a “ten pound Pom” who came to this magnificent country as a teenager. Her proudest day was the day she became an Australian citizen and her certificate is her most valued possession. She has always been interested in art and has won awards around the Noosa area and also at Cooloola where she lives. It is quite possible that some of Lynn’s ancestors were involved in the tragedy of the stolen generation. A thirty two year friendship developed between these two women and their art brings together two opposing cultures. We hope that it shows that forgiveness and reconciliation are possible through the medium of art. We work under the pseudonym Brennan Cox.
Lynn pours and paints all the backgrounds, the canvas is then handed to Sharne to add her art work. The colours are researched together but we each bring something individual to the finished piece. And we each have our own unique gift.
Emily was a young aboriginal girl who fell in love and married an Irish man. Sadly for the young lovers they lived in an era when mixed marriage was frowned upon. Each night Emily had to leave her man to spend the night locked up in the aboriginal compound. The sad husband camped each night on the other side of the wire, waiting for daylight when he could be reunited with his beloved. It is widely accepted that they were never able to live together as man and wife. When sickness swept through the compound Emily helped nurse the sick and dying and ultimately succumbed to the disease and died, never having been free to be with her man. The two campgrounds depicted in this painting tell the story of forbidden love, parted by a wire fence. The mating dance of the brolgas depicts the forbidden romance. There is a street named after Emily in Canberra.
This painting depicts the straits bordered by Fraser Island and the mainland. Fraser Island was called K’gari by the indigenous people. K’gari means paradise, an apt description for such a beautiful place. The traditional owners are the Butchulla tribe and archaeological research shows that this tribe occupied this little piece of paradise at least 5000 years ago. The straits were an abundant hunting ground for the indigenous people, providing a veritable smorgasbord of the best seafood the ocean had to offer.
Sharne, a Murrawarri woman, lived on Hornet book Station with her aboriginal father and would listen to the calls of the lyre bird, trying to interpret the many calls and sounds that it would make. The lyre bird is known as the great mimicker of the bush. It is so accurate in copying other sounds that even the original is sometimes fooled. The male lyrebird is reputed to have mastered the calls of 20 – 25 species of bird. In one of the Dreaming stories the lyrebird is given the role of the great peacemaker in the first great dispute between the creatures. In this painting the lyre bird has cleared his own little space and is waiting for his mate to find him.