Cobram and District Artist Society vice-president Lynn Woodhead’s interest in art began at the tender age of five.
‘‘I wanted a pony and of course could not have one in the city (Melbourne), so I started drawing horses — and each one was mine,’’ Mrs Woodhead said.
‘‘Over the years I branched out, doing portraits of musicians and friends, then river scenes, bridges and anything else that excited me.
‘‘Art means a lot to me. It makes lonely hours happy and meaningful.
‘‘I love the river scenes — the beauty, the peace, the tranquillity, the fact that it’s nature’s art we’re looking at, and that’s why we love to copy it and paint it, to see if we can get the best we can get out of it.
‘‘The redgum trees are just magical. They’re Australian, they’re ours and the birds love them, too.’’
The accomplished artist said she took photos of a scene before working on the painting at home, not simply copying but adding elements to the scene.
‘‘I try to make it mine,’’ she said.
‘‘I don’t have a home studio but I’ve taken over the back end of the lounge room.
‘‘I have a lake at the back of my house. It’s beautiful in it’s own right, so there’s pelicans.
‘‘I have lots around me.’’
Mrs Woodhead invited any member of the community who liked to draw or paint to come to see the friendly folks at Cobram and District Artist Society.
‘‘You will be welcomed and tutored,’’ she said.
For information, phone society president Trevor Ellison on 0447763456.
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 gallery door.