Special thanks to my assistant.

Today I felt proud.

I hung some of my artwork in the elevator lobbies of The Sinclair building in downtown Buffalo.

My Stepdad was one of the developers of the project, turning an old millinery into modern apartments, and my Mom is the interior designer. I definitely had my ‘in,’ for which I’m grateful.

I painted these pieces during my visit from Australia last Summer (I’m a Buffalo native). Hours were spent in a makeshift studio in Mom’s basement while I happily painted-away Sunny afternoons. I produced these works and others- often creating duplicates because My Mom would fall in love with one, or two, or three, and hang them in her house. She was the client after all.

Twenty-five years since my first art lesson, this was my first big commission. Selling these paintings (even if the client was my own Mother) gave me  the confidence boost I needed to start my own business when I got back home to Australia.

It’s been an incredible year and I’ve actually started earning an income and more importantly I’ve started feeling fulfilled because I’m following my dream.

I loved what I produced last Summer and I still do (a big deal because as a young artist I hated everything I touched). Now, with frames, these paintings actually look professional enough to hang in such a gorgeous building. #stoked #happydance

Want a sneak peek? I’m going to be teaching an abstract art workshop (or two) in this building on June 23rd, and if that fills up, another one on July 1st. If you are interested click here for event details.


This beautiful building used to be a millinery back in the day.
Buffalo is experiencing an exciting rebirth!
Lobby pre-action.

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8 thoughts on “Hanging Artwork in The Sinclair

  1. What beautiful pictures. You certainly have talent.

    Posted on June 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! That’s so sweet of you, it’s just the greatest feeling. xoxo

      Posted on June 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  2. That is so terrific! Those paintings are hanging in the Sinclair because they are beautiful and you are talented, not because of your Mom. Not that your Mom wasn’t important in the process, but she was the conduit for your creations. You are the one who made it happen ultimately. Congratulations!

    Posted on June 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm
    1. That is really lovely of you to say! I do feel a little insecure at times because of the ‘who you know’ factor. At the end of the day I am proud of what I was able to produce and I really hope the residents enjoy the paintings! Thank you for the words of encouragement. xoxo

      Posted on June 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm
  3. Seriously so cool! Who you know? Bring it on. Take that opportunity and ride it all the way. Your mum wouldn’t risk her interior design on your art if it wasn’t good enough. It all looks FABULOUS. Still need to have that chat about commissioning something when you get back. x

    Posted on July 4, 2016 at 7:28 am
    1. Thank you so much Em. I’m definitely not one to shun an opportunity fa sho! Let’s def rap about artwork soon. I’m about to start the grueling journey back to OZ. Can’t wait for the day where I can teleport my molecules and luggage. Chat soon! Xoxo

      Posted on July 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm
  4. These do look amazing there.

    Posted on July 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm
    1. Thank you!

      Posted on July 7, 2016 at 4:06 am