Donating 10% of sales from original art sold in November to THERAsurf 

Saatchi Art recently shared a collection of works presented in celebration of THERAsurf, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping special-needs children experience the healing nature of the ocean and surfing. 

I was really taken with the collection and organisation, so for each of my paintings sold in November, I will donate 10% of proceeds to benefit THERAsurf.

You can find out more about THERAsurf by checking out this video or visiting

Check out my Saatchi Art page or reach out via if you’d like to purchase art for a cause! 

So excited to be creating the 2016 Midsumma Guide Cover and exhibiting as a feature artist!

I’m so excited to have been selected as the winner of the Midsumma guide cover competition! Here’s what the selection means for me:

1. $1500 prize money to be used for my art practice. 

2. Feature artist in a 2016 Midsumma Festival exhibition 

3. Feature article in queer media 

4. Artwork will be used as the hero image of the 2016 festival

Time to get painting for the exhibition in Melbourne! Follow along via

Donating 10% of original artwork sold in October to Amnesty International – Refugees

Millions of people around the world are fleeing their homelands to escape war, genocide, torture and persecution. Most recently the Australian Government has stepped up to save the lives of 12,000 people escaping war in Syria.

During the month of October I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to Amnesty International, a global movement that works to uphold the rights of people seeking asylum across the world.  Amnesty uses funding to place researchers on the ground in conflict areas to expose human rights violations, lobby governments, corporations and international bodies to champion human rights, fund campaigning in Australia to dispel myths about refugees and more!

In October, we’ll be launching a new crisis campaign aimed at increasing international pressure on the Syrian Government and other non-state actors to significantly reduce the number of civilian casualties and improve humanitarian access into Syria. Join Amnesty activists across the globe in the coming months in calling for real action on Syria! –

Want to get directly involved?  Visit to find out how you can make a difference.  You can also spread awareness on social media using #OpentoSyria #refugeeswelcome  and tag @Amnestyoz ;)

If you’d like to purchase an original piece of art for a good cause please reach out to me directly at!

Donating 10% from paintings sold in August to #HashtagLunchbag

During the entire month of August I’ll be donating 10% of the profit from my original artworks sold to #HashtagLunchbag! 

#HashtagLunchbag is a movement dedicated to utilizing social media to bring awareness to and eliminate hunger in local communities.

The thing I love most about this organisation is that anyone around the world can get involved quite easily, and they encourage participation through grassroots events worldwide. They help you to get a group of friends together to make some lunch bags with love, and then hand them out at an event in your local community! 

To find out more and get involved in your city, simply visit

If you’d like to purchase one of my original artworks for a good cause please reach out via ;)


Audio from my recent artist/sitter Q&A with Myf Warhurst at the Art Gallery of NSW

Myf Warhurst uncovers the story of the relationship between artist and sitter from the 2015 Archibald Prize finalists. She spoke to artist Kim Leutwyler and her subject, Ollie Henderson, an activist, designer and one of Australia’s top models.

Image: Kim Leutwyler ‘Start the riot’ (detail), Archibald Prize 2015 finalist © the artist.

I hope you enjoy the audio from my recent artist/sitter Q&A with Myf Warhurst at the Art Gallery of NSW!  Myf was so fantastic and made Ollie and I feel right at ease.  Thanks so much to everyone who was able to attend!


My 1st Museum Show! Accepted into the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW!

'Start the Riot', Oil on Canvas, 152cm x 102cm by Kim Leutwyler copy

‘Start the Riot’, Oil on Canvas

Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh…

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a finalist for this year’s Archibald Prize! For the of you that are not Australian, The Archibald Prize is an insanely popular portraiture competition, and my painting will be hanging among the 50 finalists at The Art Gallery of NSW, one of Australia’s most prominent museums. It will then tour the country for one year visiting 6 art centers and galleries.

The subject is a friend of mine who also happens to be an activist, designer and one of Australia’s top models, Ollie Henderson. Ollie has received global recognition for founding fashion label and youth empowerment project House of Riot. Give her a google and prepare to be amazed by her long list of accomplishments and global recognition!

Donating 25% of proceeds from sold paintings to HRC: Help continue the fight for marriage equality in Australia #LoveWins

This ruling on marriage equality means a lot to most Americans, and it’s setting an example for the rest of the world. As an American living abroad here in Sydney it’s been really interesting to see the reaction from Australians. It’s a rainstorm of mixed emotions: Support of the ruling (72% of Australians support the legalisation of gay marriage). Embarrassment that Australia is now one of the only developed, English-speaking countries that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage. Outrage that Prime Minister Abbott refuses to allow members of his ruling coalition to vote their conscience on a bill to legalise gay marriage across Australia. 

 I’m overjoyed that my partner of 5 years and I can travel back to the United States and legalise the marriage that we celebrated with our friends and family over 2 years ago. I also recognise that the fight for marriage equality isn’t over. HRC published an article today turning all eyes on Australian Marriage Equality, and they’ll soon call on Tony Abbott to free up members of Parliament to vote on the matter. 

In June 2010 I established PhilanthropArt, featuring Phoenix Pride as the very first non-profit to which I would donate the proceeds from my artwork sold. Phoenix Pride’s mission was to promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the Phoenix LGBT community (of which I was a member). In the past 5 years PhilanthropArt has featured over 50 non-profits, making donations ranging from $20-$2,000 each time an original artwork sold.  


To celebrate 5 years at PhilanthropArt and to thank HRC for their continued push for marriage equality worldwide, I’ll be donating 25% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to HRC through the end of July. Check out for available paintings and reach out via if you’d like to purchase a painting in support of a good cause. 

Hope you are all happily celebrating marriage equality for the good ‘ol USA! #LoveWins