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MEDIA RELEASE 15 November 2011

Moruya mouth artist Margaret Greig paints her way into Christmas
Mouth painting artist and Moruya resident, Margaret Greig, has her artwork included in this year's Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) 2011 Christmas card range. These are sold throughout Australia to enable the members to earn a living, support their family and live as independently as possible.

For Margaret, who contracted polio as a teenager, painting is a way for her to battle the adversity that she has faced throughout her life.

"I hope that my painting can encourage others with disabilities to try new things that they may not have previously thought possible.

"I have been given this artistic gift and it is a real joy to be able to share it with others," said Margaret.

This year's Christmas card range will include Margaret's painting, 'Old Red Gums Near Mudgee', which is based on the natural wonders of the Australian outback.

"I love painting with beautiful, bright colours and contrasts. I think this creates a mood that allows the artwork to become lively and cheerful," said Margaret.

Through this year's Christmas card range Margaret hopes to share her love for the Australian outback with as many people as possible.

"The Australian outback is outside my front door, yet it has always been a landscape that has fascinated me. I hope that everyone who is kind enough to purchase this card will find it as beautiful as I do," Margaret said.

For over 40 years, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists' Christmas cards and calendars have been distributed to millions of households around Australia.

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 Australia in 1971 and currently has 16 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 or Sam Kilborn on (02) 9413 4244.

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