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Local artist paints bright picture for Got Your Back Sista, Equi Energy Youth

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Two local charities have reaped the financial spoils, thanks to the generosity of Newcastle-based artist Clare O’Hara.

She recently donated a vibrant colourful artwork, titled Girls Just Want to Have Fun, which was auctioned off at the International Women’s Race Day at the Newcastle Racecourse on Friday 4 March.

The painting fetched $11,500, with all proceeds from the sale supporting Got Your Back Sista and Equi Energy Youth.

“I was honoured to be involved in the event,” Clare said.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my own life, so I recognise the importance to give back.

“I have had wonderful female role models in my life who have helped shape the strong creative woman I am today – in particular, my beautiful mum.

“I’m still picking my jaw up off the floor, as my donated artwork sold for $11,500.

“Not bad for a new artist that only opened her studio space in Mayfield East (George Street) last November.”

Clare admitted there was an interesting twist to the story, too.

“The painting first sold under the hammer on the day for $6,000 but the winning bidder (Jan Bynon) very generously re-donated it back in an incredibly selfless act of good will,” she said.

“The artwork then resold a few minutes later for $5,500, totalling an astounding $11,500.”

Clare is now preparing to host her first solo exhibit, which will take place at SMAC Studios, Tighes Hill, from Friday 27 May to Sunday 29 May.

She’s also recently been granted artist residency at the Newcastle Lighthouse over a six-week period, starting mid-March.

“I’m known for my colourful vibrant artwork and my motto is to create ‘art that makes you smile,” she said.

“I think I can now put my prices up.”

Her website www.clareohara.com.au launched on Friday 6 March, offering both originals and prints of her creations.

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