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MEDIA RELEASE 05 August 2011

Moruya mouth painting artist Margaret Greig to demonstrate at EKKA in Brisbane
Moruya mouth painting artist, Margaret Greig, will be demonstrating her painting technique and exhibiting her artwork at this year's Rural Queensland Show (EKKA) in Brisbane which runs from 11 to 20 August 2011.

Margaret has been an active member of the MFPA ever since becoming a member in 1970, and has been demonstrating at the EKKA since 2005.

As a self-proclaimed country girl, Margaret finds inspiration in the landscape that surrounds her. And her demonstrations will include, among other styles, a large range of landscape portraits.

"I live in the country, and I am surrounded by beauty wherever I look. I am lucky because I can find inspiration by just looking out the window, and it is these landscape portraits that I am truly passionate about," said Greig.

In 1959 at the age of 13, Margaret contracted polio which left her a quadriplegic. It was only after 15 months of extensive physiotherapy that she began to re-learn how to write by holding a pen in her mouth.

Margaret continued to persevere with her new found skill and over the years, her enthusiasm and talent for mouth painting continued to grow.

"My career as a mouth painting artist has given me a real sense of enjoyment and independence. The great thing about being an artist is that we do spread some enjoyment and give to others instead of always receiving", said Margaret.

The EKKA has for a long time been one of Margaret's favourite shows to visit, and she is excited to once again demonstrate her unique talents.

"It is such a nice place to go, and I always look forward to demonstrating. I love painting, and to be able to demonstrate my skills to other people is an amazing opportunity," said Margaret.

Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by selectively selling their artworks.

The MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 17 members around the country.

To become a student member an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an illness or accident. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on (02) 9698 3933 or visit

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For further information please call Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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