Making up for lost time
FOR someone who was born to be a watercolour artist – and married into the Portland family of a well-known painter – it took Sue Mellblom a long time to realise her passion.
And now she’s certainly making up for lost time.
Mrs Mellblom is this month’s featured artist at the Julia Street Creative Space. But while the work on display is from recent years, its genesis goes back to her childhood.
She is the daughter of Colin Heaviside, a commercial artist in Melbourne who also sold watercolour paintings around Melbourne, while her grandmother also painted.
Mrs Mellblom went to night school for a while to study art and while she loved it “I was young and there were other things to do”.
She moved to Portland from Melbourne about 40 years ago after marrying Ralph.
Mr Mellblom is the son of Florence ‘Floss’ Mellblom, a local artist who won the poster competition for Portland’s centenary in 1934 – that artwork is now the basis of the tourist attraction on Bentinck St marking the centenary and which is the subject of many photos as visitors put their heads through a hole.