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Birds are feature artist’s favourite

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March 09, 2017

Birds have always been crowd favourites of Melida Lempio’s artwork — and they’re also her favourite subjects.

The feature artist at Cobram Station Gallery for March, Ms Lempio’s collection features a mix of birdlife as well as plants and flowers and a few dogs too.

Ms Lempio, originally from Prussia, moved to Cobram more than 50 years ago, but only took up painting in 2003.

‘‘I’ve only been painting since 2003, when I went into retirement,’’ she said.

Ms Lempio’s love for art and all things creative began when she studied art at the Gold and Silversmith College in Germany.

‘‘I studied art and precious metals in Germany, so I had always been interested in creating art,’’ she said.

While she is happy to use all mediums for her art, her preference is for watercolours.

‘‘I am not one of these people that can sit down and paint for hours,’’ she said.

‘‘I can probably only sit there for 15 minutes before I have to get up and do something else.’’

She has enjoyed guidance from a number of mentors over the course of her artistic career.

‘‘I’ve taken many classes with professional artists including Ross Paterson, Robert Wade and Kevin Bourcher.

‘‘The Cobram and District Art Society often gets professional artists out to run workshops and help us develop.’’

One piece of advice Ms Lempio gave to all aspiring artists was to avoid going for the cheap option when it came to materials.

‘‘I always try and get the best stuff I can afford,’’ she said.

‘‘That doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend a fortune, but the best you can afford means that you are using the best thing possible for you — and that shows in the work, I think.’’

Ms Lempio said the art society was always on the lookout for new members and people with fresh ideas to bring to the group.

●The Station Gallery is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm.

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