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Artists create expressing ideas, feelings, state of mind, and polio eradication is about caring people giving the gift of a polio-free world to the children of the world.
 
To support Rotary's goal to eradicate Polio worldwide and World Polio Day on 24 October a group of talented artists have donated art for auction.
 
Rotary is all about supporting others. This provides YOU with a very special opportunity to bid for one of these framed art pieces and become part of the global drive to eradicate polio. Polio is now only endemic in Pakistan and Afghanistan but we need to stand up to help those communities get rid of polio and thereby ensure this dreadful disease never returns to our own community. ALL proceeds supporting the End Polio Now campaign.
About Mouth and Foot Painting Artists
 
The roots of the MFPA go back to 1956, when Erich Stegmann, a polio-stricken mouth painter, gathered a small band of disabled artists from eight European countries. Their ultimate goal was to make their living through their artistic efforts, and to obtain a sense of work security that until then had eluded them.
 
Coupling his creative abilities with business acumen, Stegmann established the MFPA as a co-operative society that reproduces its artists’ work mainly in the form of greeting cards, calendars and books.
 
From the small group that he gathered for the inaugural meeting of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, the organisation has now grown to represent nearly 800 members, from 74 countries around the world.
 
One of the main themes of Stegmann’s credo was that the MFPA must never be regarded as a charity simply because its members are disabled. To Stegmann, the word “charity” was as abhorrent as the word “pity”. And thus, to this day MFPA’s motto worldwide remains as “self-help, not charity”.
 
The Artists and their donated Paintings
Please see the paintings as shown on the Auction site for fully presented images
 
Grant Philip
 
 I am 48 years old and have been using a wheelchair for over 28 years. In the summer of 1989, I had a diving accident that left me a Tetraplegic.  I was an apprentice Sheet Metal Engineer as well as a Territorial Soldier with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Engineers, 1st Field Squadron. I was also involved with Scouts achieving the Queens Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. After my accident, I retrained as a Computer Aided Designer achieving a Certificate in CAD Design from City and Guilds of London and held full-time employment for eight years designing playgrounds for McDonald’s Restaurants.
 
I was introduced to Mouth Painting by current and Full Member, Grant Sharman. After submitting a series of paintings, I was awarded a Student Scholarship with the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.
 
I had the privilege of working with the New Zealand Army on an initiative called “Art in Recovery”. The initiative was open to serving personnel, ex-serving personnel and the family and friends of those personnel, to express their feelings or thoughts through art. I assisted with arranging display cases setup of the artworks one of the barracks at the Burnham Army Base. As well as my painting, I have been involved in many sports and activities. I competed in the Paralympic Sport of Target Shooting for 12 years, representing New Zealand at two World Championships, numerous World Cups and various International Competitions, as well as Regional and National Championships.
 
I had an opportunity to be selected for a New Zealand Defense Force Team to compete and represent New Zealand at the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. I competed in the sport of Archery. Other sports and activities I have participated in, include Adapted Snow Skiing, Rafting, Kayaking, Blow-Karting, Gliding, Abseiling, Hand Biking some of the Otago Rail Trail and Wheelchair Rugby.
 
Most of my immediate family live in the South Island of New Zealand.I have aspirations to take my Archery further with National and International Championships, as well as representing New Zealand at the 2020 Invictus Games in the Netherlands.
 
Pat Edmonds
At the age of 23 became a tetraplegic after diving into a swimming pool and breaking my neck and leaving me paralysed. At that point in my life I was serving in the New Zealand Army and continued to serve a further two years until I was medically discharged.
 
After my accident, I taught Life Skills to Adult Students for a year and then 12 years teaching NZQA Computer skills courses and night school. I also volunteer as part of the Peer Support Programme run by NZ Spinal Trust at the Burwood Spinal Unit.
 
The opportunity to open up my creative side through mouth painting has enhanced my life greatly and although I was very much an unskilled artist, I now feel confident in expressing myself and my ideas through my art.
 
Along with my passion for painting, I also have a passion for Powerchair Football. This is an adaptive version of Football (Soccer) using a specialised “Strikeforce” Powerchair. I play for both Canterbury and New Zealand National Team known as the NZ Silver Strikers.
 
Growing up I had a large supportive family with two brothers and four sisters and life was a lot of fun. My main source of enjoyment came from everything sporting.
I am married to my wife Debz and between us we have 3 boys and 3 girls and eleven grandchildren. Our big blended family brings its own excitement to our lives’ and our beautiful grandchildren take centre stage.
 
My goals for the future are to continue developing as an artist in MFPA and to play in the next FIPFA World Cup.
 
Grant Sharman
In 1980 well-known mouth painter, Bruce Hopkins, suggested that I try painting using a brush in my mouth and my father encouraged me to give it a go. Bruce was a member of the Association of Mouth & Foot Painting Artists (VDMFK) that is based in Europe. Despite Bruce's severe disability (he could only move his head), Bruce had an incredible presence and proceeded to show me how to paint using the brush in my mouth. My first efforts were terrible, but he insisted I keep trying and Bruce became a valuable mentor.
 
My first six paintings submitted to the MFPA were rejected, but in 1981 I was awarded a stipend from the Association that is well known for the greeting cards and calendars it's artists produce. In 1988 I was made a full member of the Association and this has given me financial independence and a greater quality of life.
 
As a member of the MFPA I have traveled to many parts of the world and met some wonderful people forming lifelong friendships. There are approximately 80 full members, 40 associates and over 750 students throughout the world, we are like a family. In 2017 at the 65th Anniversary of the Association I was elected on to the International Board – the pinnacle of my artistic career, if only Bruce and my Dad had seen that.
 
At school, the idea of being a professional artist never entered my mind, so I like to paint many different subjects including landscapes, Christmas scenes, still life, cars, planes, trains and floral compositions. I get a thrill out of creating a painting that captures the subject matter and portrays it in a realistic form. I now paint mainly in acrylics and watercolours, though I have used oils in the past.
 
I still have the first two paintings I did with my mouth in 1980 and they hang in my art studio. They are a reminder of where I have come from, in terms of my art, as well as proof that anything is possible if you never give up. With every successful painting I produce, I feel immense pride. That feeling is only equaled by the comments of other people who like my work so what better job satisfaction can you get, I love my job!!
 
Martin Payne
I was 18 years old when I was seriously injured in a head-on car accident in Hawke’s Bay, where I was working in a shearing gang. It was Christmas 1980, now with a spinal injury and only a year out of school, I struggled to find a place in the community with the new challenges facing me.
 
15 years on I discovered sports, playing wheelchair rugby and represented New Zealand in 1998. It was another 10 years before I took up mouth painting. After taking a few art lessons and encouragement from friends I started working with the MFPA.

After many years of working out of my kitchen, I finally had the opportunity to create my own Art studio. Now with the improved workspace I hope to develop my skills further. I enjoy painting New Zealand landscapes, Native birds and flowers. Recently I have begun working on portraits, with a plan to paint important New Zealanders in a landscape setting.

I now live in a small town north of Auckland. I have just began working with local Artists and also, I plan to join some of the local Art groups and workshops.
 
Toni Leefe
At the age of 14, I had an accident on a trampoline and dislocated my neck at C5/C6, thus cutting through my spinal cord and leaving me paralysed from the chest down. I have no use of my legs and very limited use of my arms.
 
Prior to my accident I was a typical teenage girl growing up in Auckland. I loved sports like gymnastics, trampolining, double mini and touch rugby. I was full time in my 4th form year at high school and I taught gymnastics to young children after school twice a week.
 
I became at Student Member of MFPA in the year 2000. I was at the Spinal Unit one day using the gym when I saw the late Alex Craig (former Member of the MFPA), doing a painting demonstration holding the brush in his mouth. He was trying to encourage the patients to have a go but no one was keen, so I volunteered and that’s when I discovered I was not too bad painting with a brush in my mouth. From here I went and brought some watercolour paints and began lessons at a community church. As with all MFPA Artists I submitted 6 paintings and was accepted as a Student Member.
 
After leaving High School, I went on to get my Bachelor of Education in Primary School Teaching. While I still have not yet taught full time in a school, I have used that Education with my job as a Disability Awareness Presenter for CCS Disability Action. I go into Kindy’s, Schools, Businesses, and almost anywhere that would like to learn about being more aware, accepting, and accessible of/for the disabled community.
 
I enjoy music, movies and food whenever I can lol... I also love being at the beach, almost any beach.
 
I am now married and live in Hamilton with my husband Paul, our 3 year old son and 8 year old dog. My husband also has a disability and uses a wheelchair. We met playing wheelchair rugby in Auckland. I have one brother who lives with his wife and 2 children in Wellington and my parents live in Russell, Bay of Islands.
 
One of my goals is to learn to drive. I have a modified van but the little strength I have in my arms is borderline as to whether I will be strong enough to turn the wheel safely.
 
Kerrin Tilley
I’ve always loved the outdoors and had an avid interest in farming. Leaving school I gained a trade certificate in farming and as a kid we spent a fair amount of time hunting and trapping possums, so I decided to trap possums full time in the Te Urewera National Park where a block became available. This was a great life living off the land as much as possible and it lead to a job with the Department of Conservation, which entailed culling goats in the Raukumara Ranges out the back of Opotiki. This was a wonderful job and I saw many great sights. This job lasted for about a year until government cutbacks left me without a job. From there I found employment in the forestry, planting and thinning pine trees which was hard yakka but enjoyable with a good bunch of guys.
 
Unfortunately, all of this came to an abrupt end when at the age of 21 I injured my neck while playing rugby for the Opotiki colts in 1988. The injury occurred while engaged in a scrum, resulting in a dislocation of the vertebrae 4 and 5. This left me with very limited feeling and function from the neck down.
 
While rehabilitating at the Otara Spinal Unit I met four mouth painters who gave me encouragement to have a go at painting. There was also an excellent tutor, Doreen Jones, who came in once a week to help. In 1992 I was accepted into the Mouth and Foot Painters Association as a student. In 2005 I was accepted as an associate member; this was fabulous news as I was able to earn an income from my art. The Mouth and Foot Painting Association reproduces our work as cards, calendars, gift tags and various other products. They handle the marketing and distribution allowing us to concentrate on our artwork. My main interests are sceneries, wild life and flowers.
 
My hobbies include rugby, painting, reading and fishing, which I can still participate in with the adaptation of an electric fishing reel. I joined the Opotiki Art Society in 1992 and have enjoyed being part of their colourful group. We hold regular exhibitions throughout the year. I have also been part of the Opotiki Art Society committee for many years and currently hold the position of treasurer.
 
I have a small lifestyle block with a few sheep, steers and avocado trees.A keen fisherman, I occasionally I get down to the beach to put the longline out with the assistance of my helpers.
 
Ross Stonham
In 1989 I had an accident in a pool resulting in a fractured neck, C5-C6, and tetraplegia. That was the end of my life as I knew it. I was married with two young sons, Elliot (11 months) and Blake (2 years). As you can imagine this completely changed my life and the family’s forever.
I was an insurance agent with AMP Society at the time and had a successful business. Not able to continue with this, after meeting an artist with MFPA who encouraged me to paint, I was accepted as a student artist in 1995.
 
I enjoy the outdoors and the beach with my wife Sandy of 16 years and I have a hand-bike, which I use to get out and exercise my mind and body. We spend a good amount of time at Mt Maunganui.
 
My sons are now fully grown and have wonderful partners who we spend a lot of time with.My hopes for the future are really to enjoy good health and happiness with my wife and family.
 
Steve Nimmo
I was born in Port Chalmers Dunedin New Zealand and before moving to the North Island where I now live. I spent my life until I was 13 in the Wanaka area of New Zealand. My Dad was a farmer there and later he moved on to driving Trucks and other work in the Deer recovery industry. I followed in his footsteps and became a Farmer and Truck Driver. But my passion was to become a Helicopter Pilot. This all ended on Christmas day 1977 where I almost paid the ultimate price on that day with my life.
 
After a diving accident on that day I broke my neck at level C/5-6 and injuring my spinal cord, I was now a quadriplegic. My life after my accident was just a day by day existence not doing much at all. One day after meeting other Mouth & Foot painters and with a lot of their encouragement and encouragement from Mum and Dad I decided to give Mouth and Foot painting a go.
 
I began painting in 1991 and after a lot of training and frustrations, I became a student for MFPA in 1993. I enjoy my painting and my main niche is landscapes and still life.
My other interests apart from painting are Classic Cars, Car restoration shows on TV. When I get an opportunity to I will go to Car shows. I’m a very keen Cricket, Rugby and Motor sports fan and Wheelchair Rugby.
 
I was a Wheelchair Rugby player for the Auckland club from 1997 to 2010 and played in a lot of tournaments round New Zealand. Then age and my body got the better of me I decided it was time to retire. I have a big family of 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I now like to keep involved with matters regarding them.
 
Wayne Te Rangi
Kia ora koutou, hello everyone.
 
I had my injury many years ago in 1985, which left me a C4 Tetraplegia. It was a freak accident one month after leaving school at the age of 15. I had just left school to find work so I could contribute to our household expenses being only my Mum and I at home. Mum has been deaf, hearing impaired, all her life.

 
While in hospital at the Otara Spinal Unit in Auckland, I was introduced to 
a mouth artist named ALEX GRAIG, a full member of the MFPA, who saw a portrait painting I’d done just using student black paint on normal paper, while in the O.T room as a mouth activity. Lynda, the O.T., encouraged me to do some painting. My picture featured pretty basic facial features, but it was enough for Alex to ask me to come and do more  painting by mouth at an art class in C Block. There were other mouth artists there who were tutored by Mrs Doreen Jones, a wonderful lady aged 70, from South Africa. She saw potential in me and introduced me to the other MFPA artists in the class including Alex, Irene Bernie, Tom Waru and Grant Sharman. With everyone's support and helpful hints, I started attending class. In 1991 I became an MFPA student artist. I will always remember these people.
 


I am now a 48-year-old Maori of Nga Puhi decent, born in Pukekohe and raised in the Waikato region. I love rugby, softball, swimming, and really liked gathering food from the land, (Whenua, Papatuanuku), such as fresh water crayfish (koura), eeling for eels (Tuna) and collecting fern root (Piko piko), sweet puha, water cress along the creeks and rivers of the bush Tane Mahutu. Also gathering (seafood Kiamoana), fish (IKA), mussels, pipi, oysters and Kina from the sea, (Tangaroa) We did this as a family which explains why I'm still fishing and playing wheelchair football, as well as sailing with Brendon and Tim of Sailability in Auckland. 
 
As a mouth painter for the MFPA, it enables me to connect my spirit (Wairua) and beliefs of talking care of the whenua and hopefully this is reflected in my artwork. I can't forget (Te Rangi Papa) the sky and heavens that gives all sunshine and nourishment to all and has a huge influence in my artwork.
 
Nga Mihi.