Fans meet van Geet

YOUNG: Myrtleford district artist Jim van Geet discusses his works “This Is My Song” and “Tolerance” with young art lover Peter Bennie.

MYRTLEFORD district art lovers had a chance to meet internationally renowned local artist Jim van Geet at a special event on Friday night.

The event, at Michelini Wines’ cellar door, was part of a two-month exhibition of van Geet’s most recent work.

The Dutch-born artist became a professional painter in 2001 after a lifetime on the edge of a full-time career in art.

“People often ask artists what their day job is, and I had many along the way before I was able to take it up professionally around 12 years ago,” he said.

“Along the way I’ve been a technical advisor to patent attorneys and a furniture designer and even started a physics degree before I moved to fine arts.

“Art has always been a part of my life but it took a while for it to become the main part.

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