The Mentor - Michelle Moffatt

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The Mentor - Michelle Moffatt, oil and wax on canvas, 40 x 40cm © Stephanie Brown

When you travel, your eyes are open wide to all the beautiful vistas surrounding you but when you live in a place of natural beauty you can become blasé. Often we need fresh eyes, like those of migrants to remind us what we have.

I met Michelle Moffatt at one of the most picturesque cafe spots in Manly along the esplanade between Manly and Shelly Beach. I arrive a little late and Michelle's already seated taking in the scenery. "Wow, look isn't it just beautiful here," she says.

She's right. Even on a drizzly day like today, it's spectacular. You can't help but think how lucky we are. Then again, both Michelle and I are strangers, born in different countries but here we are marvelling at this amazing view in this beautiful Australia. It's the painting stuck in my head, yet to be painted, and every time I'm here it screams, 'paint me'.

Michelle kindly chatted about the helping hand she gives to migrants when they are new arrivals to Australia.