CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Artist Avril Ayling photographs a friendly octopus. She and her husband have put together an exhibition called Under the Sea.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Artist Avril Ayling photographs a friendly octopus. She and her husband have put together an exhibition called Under the Sea.

Undersea creatures captured in photos and paint

MARINE biologists, diving hobbyists and artists Avril and Tony Ayling invite everyone to their new exhibition Under the Sea.

The exhibition of underwater photography, paintings and textile works officially opened last night at the Back Room Gallery of the Art Whitsunday store in Cannonvale.

Mr and Mrs Ayling started their diving careers 50 years ago, have been marine biology consultants for more than 35 years and have been artistic all their lives.

"Well, Avril has been. I've only gotten into photography in the last 10," Mr Ayling said.

The exhibition features 35 artworks in a range of mediums from large canvas prints of photographs to miniature paintings and large fabric prints. There are about 20 paintings and fabric pieces and 15 photographs in colour or black and white.

There is even a book of underwater patterns.

The couple invites everyone to check out the beauty beneath Whitsunday waters.

"The sea is so full of wonderful creatures and beautiful colours," Mr Ayling said.

The display "Under the Sea" runs to June 30.

DARLING IT'S BETTER

WHAT: Under The Sea art exhibition

WHERE: The Back Room Gallery, Cannonvale

WHEN: June 3 - 30


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