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MEDIA RELEASE 7 March 2007

Local resident selected to join Mouth and Foot Painting Artists
Queenstown resident Geoff Dossetor has recently become a student member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA).

Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is an international 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.

Geoff became a C4/5 tetraplegic after a tandem hang gliding accident in 2001 and was inspired to begin mouth painting by fellow MFPA member Grant Philip.

"I met Grant on a Backup New Zealand adventure course where he told me about mouth painting and showed me one of his pieces. He encouraged me to begin painting with a brush held in my mouth and gave me a beginnerís painting kit," Geoff said.

"My paintings have greatly improved since then and I am focusing a lot on creating new artworks to submit to the MFPA.

"Thereís no particular subject I usually paint. I get inspiration from all sorts of sources like photos, book covers and my own imagination.

"I know a number of successful artists in Queenstown and hope to learn more from them so I can improve my own painting skills," he said.

To become an MFPA 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.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or to place an order contact MFPA on (09) 827 6746.

Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis
Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Nicola
Rutzou on (612) 9413 4244.

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