Prominent local artist Pam Mansfield from Cobram has been an active member of Cobram Artists Society for about 12 years.
‘‘We have achieved many things,’’ Ms Mansfield said.
‘‘Working with the schools and the elderly we hope we have made a difference with our art,’’ she said.
‘‘The society has conducted many workshops with very well-known artists and not only do we enjoy the lessons but it’s a good social get-together for the weekend.
‘‘With such a variety of subjects — our beautiful river and animal life — we are so lucky to live in such a peaceful and friendly place.’’
Ms Mansfield has enjoyed considerable success in her artistic endeavours recently, after featuring on the front page of the Cobram Courier.
She went on to exhibit at the Nathalia art show and not only came away with a coveted Moira Shire award, but also sold the Murray River scenic painting that had been on the front page.
Before moving south to Cobram, Ms Mansfield lived in New Guinea and Brisbane.
‘‘In New Guinea I played golf every day — I had my own caddy,’’ she said.
‘‘And I sold a lot of paintings to visitors, paintings of the golf course with the volcanoes in the background — and the Catholic Church liked my scenics including the harbour, so they bought some of those.
‘‘I loved it a lot and I still keep in touch with the people up there.’’
Nowadays, rather than volcanoes, Ms Mansfield focuses her artistic endeavours on animals and bird life, especially farm animals such as kelpies.
In her scenic paintings she captures the essence and tranquillity of the superb Murray River environment.
Ms Mansfield expressed her hope that the public as well as art lovers would come and pay a visit to Cobram’s unique little Station Gallery, the home of Cobram Artists Society, where members volunteer each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
‘‘We would love to see you,’’ she said.