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MEDIA RELEASE 30 July

Port Lincoln artist to exhibit at Brisbane's EKKA
Port Lincoln artist Glenn Barnett, who paints by holding the brush in his mouth, has entered three of his paintings in competition at the EKKA in Brisbane from 7 to 16 August.

Glenn suffered a diving accident in 1962 at the age of 15, which left him as a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair. Life as an artist began in 1964 after a four year old boy asked him to draw a picture.

He has entered two paintings in open competition at the EKKA. One is a landscape, 'Will this be the break' which is painted of a drought scene showing a build-up of clouds and the other is a seascape of the Eyre Peninsula, 'Rustic Coast'.

His other painting is a landscape of the Brindabella Ranges in New South Wales, which is entered in the Bruce Peardon Memorial Art Award, which is restricted to Mouth and Foot Painting Artist members.

About the MFPA
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 www.mfpa.com.au.

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