Greymare mum-of-four and artist Megan Benz with daughter Alyssa, 10.
Greymare mum-of-four and artist Megan Benz with daughter Alyssa, 10. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Mother ventures into world of art

FORGET pastels and oils. When practical painter Megan Benz reaches for the paintbrush, she has a can of Dulux ready to go.

The first painting the mum of four did was with a sample pot of the paint, which she had bought to brighten a bookshelf.

And she said it was great for other mums whose kids put their dirty hands on everything.

"Dulux is so easy because when the painting gets dusty or dirty, you can just wipe it off with a cloth," she said.

Although she has always been involved in artistic projects, Mrs Benz only began to paint last November.

"I saw a painting online and thought it would be great for my bedroom, but then I noticed it was $5000," she said. "I just thought, 'I can do that'."

And she did.

Mrs Benz got to work and it wasn't long before friends and family started placing their painting orders, and Mrs Benz thought it was time to take it to the next level.

Her pieces have recently gone on sale on her Facebook page, Megsan Creation.

"People kept asking me to do something for them and I realised I could make some money from this," she said.

"It's just a little pocket money for me."

But the main reason she does it is because she loves it.

When the Benz house goes quiet at night, it's Mum's painting time.

"I love it because it's a bit of me time and us mums don't get a lot of that," she said.

 

Megan'smasterpieces

  •  Megan began painting in November last year.
  •  Check out her work at her Facebook page, Megsan Creation.
  •  She is considering selling some of her work at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

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