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MEDIA RELEASE 22 July 2009

Local mouth-painting artist to exhibit at Queensland EKKA show again
Elmore mouth painting artist Kate Frawley will display her unique artwork at this year's Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) from 6 to 15 August 2009 at the RNA showgrounds in Brisbane.

Kate is entering two oil paintings into the EKKA art competition, 'The Steed' and 'The Urn'.

"'The Steed' was painted for my previous carer of six and a half years, Michelle. The painting, a gift for her to hang in her daughter Paige's bedroom, is a depiction of a horse running out from the ocean waves. This painting was a great challenge however I persisted and I'm very proud of the end result", said Kate.

"My second submission, 'The Urn' is a detailed depiction of three old pottery urns and was painted for my sister Julie. In the past, people and faces have been my main subject matter so painting a still life was a great way to extend my skills as an artist", Kate added.

Kate became a quadriplegic and lost her partner in a car accident in 1976 when an unlicensed, drunk driver ran into her vehicle. She was encouraged to try painting by fellow Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) member, Bill Mooney in 1985 and joined the MFPA as a student member in 1993.

"Not only do I love painting, I also see it as a great challenge. No one else is going to challenge and encourage me if I can't also do this myself", said Kate.

Kate has entered the Brisbane EKKA art competition on several occasions, previously receiving second place in the MFPA section and a highly recommended in the open section against other able bodied artists.

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 Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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