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


Selected as 1 of 100 artists in The Other Art Fair this September!


I’m so honored to have been selected as 1 of 100 artists exhibiting at The Other Art Fair. The Fair is currently the UK’s largest artist led fair, and due to its on-going success, TOAF is launching in Sydney 10-13 September alongside the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair!

TOAF will feature an artist talks programme, live art performance, immersive theatre, a ‘kids create’ area, live music and a whole lot of art.

TOAF is already getting a ton of great press in the Sydney Morning Herald, Broadsheet, TimeOut, Manuscript Magazine, ARTINFO, Vault Magazine, Brag Magazine and more.

Stay tuned for more info and your invitation via ;)

On 26 April, a woman feeds her infant, who was injured during the massive earthquake, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, the capital.

Help Nepal: Donating 10% of proceeds from original artwork sold to UNICEF

In light of the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to UNICEF during the month of May. UNICEF is on the ground providing critical aid such as clean water, shelter and sanitation. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes. UNICEF approximates that 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance in Nepal.

Latest updates from UNICEF’s response include:

  • Tents, hygiene kits, water purification tablets and buckets have been dispatched to Gorkha for distribution, the area at the epicentre of the earthquake, where the presence of dead bodies poses the risk of disease outbreak.  Vital supplies have also been dispatched to Kavre and Dhading.
  • UNICEF is delivering water purification tablets, buckets and hygiene kits in Bhaktapur where only 1 in 5 people are estimated to have access to clean water.
  • Water tankers are distributing clean water to 16 informal camps that have sprung up in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Teams are identifying and assisting children who have been separated from their families
  • UNICEF is working with partners to provide psychological support for children living in informal camps who have experienced extreme shock

If you’d like to learn more or donate directly, please visit  `Keep up to date by following UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

On 26 April, a woman feeds her infant, who was injured during the massive earthquake, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, the capital.

On 26 April, a woman feeds her infant, who was injured during the massive earthquake, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, the capital.

Featured Non-Profit: Australian Youth Orchestra

During the month of April I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to the Australian Youth Orchestra.  The AYO is a not-for-profit organisation training young musicians from around Australia!

AYO Mission: To empower young Australians with musical knowledge and imagination and instill in them a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance.

Creative Partnerships Australia has endorsed AYO’s vision for the future and will match dollar for dollar every donation they receive by 25 May 2015!  Purchase any available painting from and 10% will be donated and matched for AYO.

Want to help AYO directly?  Donate now to AYO’s Gift Match Appeal and your gift will give twice!

DreamYard: Featured Non-Profit for March

A friend recently introduced me to DreamYard, a non-profit trying to raise money to send Bronx-based Theatre students to France in order to collaborate and perform. It’s a great opportunity for young people to interact across cultures in a new and life-changing way. I had the pleasure of performing at the Fringe Festival in Scotland with my High School Theatre group, and can say with certainty that the experience changed the way I viewed the world at the time. 

During the month of March, 10% of the profit from my original paintings sold will be donated to The DreamYard Project. Feel free to check out/donate to their project directly at their crowd funding page.

Here’s an expert from their mission statement:

DreamYard uses the arts to inspire youth, public schools and communities. DreamYard programs develop artistic voice, nurture young peoples’ desire to make change and cultivate the skills necessary to reach positive goals. By committing to sustained learning opportunities along an educational pathway, DreamYard supports young people as they work toward higher learning, meaningful careers and social action. – See more at:

Pencils of Promise

During the month of February, 10% of the profit from my original artwork sold will be donated to Pencils of Promise.

As you can imagine, this non profit started with giving the gift of a simple pencil. Today, PoP works in Laos, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ghana and to build over 200 pre and primary schools in remote and underserved regions. Each school was made possible by a person, a family or a company united by the goal of creating a better world through education.

For more information on this program see:
Pencils of Promise.