East Perth artist finds sketching and painting ‘therapeutic’


77-year-old Mary Lou Dudle has been creating art since she was 15 but an accident left her housebound so she began sketching people and scenery. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
77-year-old Mary Lou Dudle has been creating art since she was 15 but an accident left her housebound so she began sketching people and scenery. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

SKETCHING and painting for East Perth resident Mary Lou Dudley (77) is “therapeutic”.

Her joy in the art form is evident by the work that covers the walls in her room at the Archbishop Goody residence.

She first discovered she had a gift for drawing and painting when she was 15 years old.

An accident left her housebound and to pass the time, she began sketching local people and scenery.

Her mum spotted her talent and encouraged her to study art at Edith Cowan University.

During her career, she worked as a commercial artist but today she loves to concentrate on her own choice of work, her favourite being painting with oils.

“I just love to sketch and paint,” Ms Dudley said.

“I get such a sense of satisfaction and it is very therapeutic. I have been here for a long time now and every chance I get, I draw; I just can’t stop.”

Lifestyle facilitator Zoe Horner said it was important to enable residents to harness their strengths and talents to benefit them and other residents.