The therapy of creating art keeps Lorraine Saltmarsh interested, as can be seen at the Cobram Station Gallery.
Mrs Saltmarsh is the feature artist at the gallery for the month of December, with her artwork on the main wall.
‘‘I have been painting for a very long time and still enjoy it,’’ Mrs Saltmarsh said.
‘‘I find it therapeutically valuable in blotting out all those annoying little moments and events that drive us mad
‘‘When I started painting, I learnt to paint mainly in oils but now enjoy using all mediums.
‘‘The thing I like is that you never know what’s next for you.
‘‘Sometimes you get asked to do some unexpected work, such as when recently, I was asked by a man to paint a portrait of his black labrador dog who only had a short time to live.
‘‘My next challenge is a portrait of Eric the eagle.
‘‘His owner loves him and will soon set him free; she wants me to do his portrait so she can hang it on her lounge room wall.’’
Mrs Saltmarsh said her exhibition contained seascapes, landscapes, birds, animals and abstracts.
They are done in oils, water colours, acrylics, pastels, and pen and and ink, and any other medium created by mixing.
‘‘I don’t have an individual recognisable style, I do enjoy painting all sorts of ideas and subjects and so I never ever know what tomorrow will be about.’’
She said a lot of enjoyment came from being part of a group such as the people from the Cobram and District Artists Society where they all gather on Thursdays at the Barooga Hall to paint, chat and learn from each other.
‘‘Many members are just beginning,’’ she said.
‘‘There is really no such thing as a failed painting, they are all the beginning of something that you have created out of nothing.
‘‘I hope we can encourage many more people to try.’’
●The Station Gallery is open from 10am to 3pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors are welcome to browse the gallery during closed hours by calling the phone numbers on the door.