Artist surprises ‘tons of’ of Ballarat residents with customized work of their houses

Residents in a regional Victorian metropolis are discovering distinctive surprises of their letterboxes as a former native creates customized work of their houses.  Key factors: The paintings is by former native, Simon Laffey, who says his acrylic work are a tribute to the fantastic thing about town Mr Laffey has been portray Ballarat homes […]

Residents in a regional Victorian metropolis are discovering distinctive surprises of their letterboxes as a former native creates customized work of their houses. 

Ballarat resident Caitlin Honeyman stated she was touched when she discovered the A4 portray signed by Simon Laffey tucked inside her letterbox on Tuesday morning.

“I believed, ‘What on earth is that this? I did not fee a portray … have I forgotten one thing?’,” Ms Honeyman stated.

“It is such an exquisite gesture.”

‘We adore it a lot’

Fellow Ballarat native Callie Lee stated she and her accomplice have been initially “shocked” to additionally discover a portray by Mr Laffey of their residence inside their letterbox a few months in the past.

“We discovered it to be such a pleasant gesture and glad that somebody preferred our home as a lot as we do, and admired the fantastic thing about our home,” Ms Lee stated. 

house portrait of pistachio green coloured ballarat home by Simon Laffey

Callie Lee says she plans to border her home portrait by Mr Laffey.(Provided: Callie Lee)

Within the notice hooked up to the paintings, Mr Laffey wrote that the portrait was “a small tribute to Ballarat’s nice magnificence”.

Like Ms Honeyman, Ms Lee stated she deliberate to border the paintings to go away with the home, which was going to be put up for hire.

“However we are going to get a replica for ourselves to maintain as a result of we adore it a lot.”

The person behind the work

Mr Laffey grew up in Ballarat earlier than leaving the regional metropolis within the Nineties.

Now based mostly in Canberra, he stated his hometown had left a “very deep impression” on him and he normally put paintbrush to paper when he was visiting.

portrait image of simon laffey

Artist Simon Laffey is a former Ballarat resident.(Provided: Simon Laffey)

Mr Laffey stated he had created “tons and much” of work of houses in Ballarat within the 15 years since he began.

“It is a truthful few hundred, I feel. I do not wish to paint each home in Ballarat, simply those I actually like,” he stated.

Mr Laffey stated he used acrylic paint to create the paintings and will “normally knock it out in a number of days”.

“I am not a pure painter,” he stated.

“However so long as it brightens somebody’s day, I do not assume you’ll be able to ask for rather more than that.”

He inspired different folks to embrace the sweetness of their environment.

“There’s a lot magic round us if we simply know easy methods to search for it,” Mr Laffey stated.

portrait of ballarat home with tree by simon laffey

Mr Laffey says he is painted tons of of Ballarat houses over time.(Fb: Karen Anna)

Good timing

Ms Honeyman has lived in her Ballarat cottage for 5 years and has been renovating it over two years.

In her journey to carry some new life into the decades-old historic residence, she uncovered the heritage home’s numerous historical past.

ballarat resident caitlin honeyman smiling in photo

Ballarat resident Caitlin Honeyman described the portray as an exquisite gesture.(Provided: Caitlin Honeyman)

“It was a lodge, it has been a bootmaker’s store, the location of an area put up workplace, many, many coronial inquiries, it has been a butcher’s store, after which it bought transformed right into a home round 1916 when the shopfront was eliminated,” she stated.

“It is actually pretty with the analysis I have been doing … to have this little portray put within the letterbox.

“It feels prefer it tidies up or finishes off all of the analysis I have been doing on it.”

Ms Honeyman stated she was “eternally grateful” and deliberate to place the portray proudly on show.

“It will be framed and popped up by the entrance door so everybody will be capable to see his paintings,” she stated.

red coloured ballarat home at sunset or sunrise painted by simon laffey

Different locals who obtained a portray from Simon Laffey have shared it on social media.(Fb: Tee Gayle)

Plans for an exhibition

Ms Honeyman stated she was seeking to curate an area exhibition of Mr Laffey’s work. 

She inspired anyone who had obtained his artwork, and can be joyful for it to be displayed and archived for future generations, to get in contact by emailing


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