FORTY-two years in the art industry and an interest that spans longer.
John Stevens from Echuca describes his art as traditional yet realistic.
Coming back to defend his title, Mr Stevens said there is no advantage living as close as he does.
‘‘The topics that are chosen each year are broad, so it fits everyone’s artistic approach,’’ he said.
While not giving much away, John depicted his mural with water, rocks, snow and sunshine — showing the Australian climate.
‘‘It’s an acrylic-based mural where we are supplied with the primary colours,’’ he said.
‘‘But we can mix the primary colours together to make other colours.’’
While this event is acrylic only, John doesn’t have a favourite medium to use.
‘‘I love them all. It’s great to be active and rotate — it keeps it interesting,’’ he said.
He believes the mural festival opens up avenues to meet new people and a venue to express themselves, without going there thinking you will win.
‘‘It’s a fantastic event and a drawcard for tourists. I believe it boosts Rochy’s profile,’’ he said.
‘‘But you would be a fool to believe you would win.
‘‘It’s a place to have fun and show yourself,’’ he said.