Bli Bli Local Wins The Eumundi ‘Fuel Your Passion’ Competition

Mural artist Claire ‘Fuzeillear’ Matthews has taken out the ‘Fuel Your Passion’ competition and a whopping $10,000 from Eumundi Brewery, nudging out an impressive cast of Sunshine Coast artists and creatives.

The two runners-up are drawing artist Dan Hannay and musician and multi-cultural teacher Samuela Taukave AKA Skillz FJ, each awarded a cheque for $5000.

The ‘Fuel Your Passion’ competition was shaped by the Eumundi Brewery team as they wanted to find a way to support and fuel the passion of the many artists and innovators on the Coast – aware that the last couple of years have been particularly challenging for the arts and creative sector.

Eumundi Brewery Head Brewer Chris Sheehan says the final eight were put to a public vote, with Claire and her incredible mural work emerging victorious.

“Full credit to Claire – for such magnificent work, and work with real heart that clearly resonated with local voters,” says Chris.

Bli Bli-based Claire arrived on the Coast (from the UK) 13 years ago and has been painting as Fuzeillear for nine years, her work underpinned by a passion for protecting our environment.

“I paint public murals that highlight and champion our native wildlife species and the challenges they face,” she says. “Winning the comp means I can now paint bigger and better walls and spread the message further!”

“Far out do I love the Sunshine Coast,” Claire says.  “I count myself incredibly blessed to be here and to have been able to contribute to this beautiful community by painting so many murals across the coast.

“Life can be stressful, busy and complicated but I aim to create public art that allows passers-by to stop, take a breath and even just for a moment, drift away,” she says.

Claire’s murals can be found in Maroochydore, Eumundi, Landsborough, Caloundra, Kawana, Maroochydore, Buderim, Nambour and Noosa, as well as further afield.

In designing each piece, she researches the local flora and fauna to make something that will connect specifically to that area, to that community.

“I love painting walls and I count it as a privilege to be invited into a community to do so. My hope is always to leave something that will make a difference, whether that be to remind people of the fragile beauty of the world around us or just to make someone feel a little bit brighter and a little less alone,” Claire says.

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