MEDIA RELEASE 08 November 2011
Opotiki mouth artist Kerrin Tilley paints his way into Christmas
Mouth painting artist and Opotiki resident, Kerrin Tilley, has his artwork
included in the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) 2011 Christmas card range
and 2012 calendar. These are sold throughout New Zealand to enable the members
to earn a living, support their family and live as independently as possible.
After suffering a neck injury in 1988 while playing Rugby Kerrin was forced to
find a new passion, which came in the form of painting.
"I concentrate on my painting because it's something I really enjoy, something
that makes me happy," said Kerrin.
This year's range will include Kerrin's painting, 'Into the Blue', which
represents a fleet of yachts sailing into the open ocean, surrounded with storm
clouds and choppy seas.
"Before my accident I was keen on the outdoors where I would regularly go
hunting, diving and fishing. The New Zealand landscape and sea life is extremely
close to my heart and this is why I take inspiration from these environments
when painting," said Kerrin.
Kerrin is proud to have been selected for inclusion in this year's range, and
hopes that his painting can bring as much happiness to others as it has to him.
"It is always a thrill to have one of your paintings selected for reproduction.
It gives you a great sense of achievement. And I truly hope that anyone who
purchases this calendar will find as much joy from my work as I have," said
For over 40 years, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists' Christmas cards and
calendars have been distributed to millions of households around Australia and
About the MFPA
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 New Zealand in 1961 and currently has 20 members.
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 or to place an
order contact MFPA on (09) 827 6746.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Nicola Rutzou or Sam Kilborn on 61 2 9413