Diner plaza (2020)

Acrylic on board

100cm x 75cm


My diner series sprung from a night in New York City pre-covid around two years ago. I found myself sitting in a 1930’s green and gold diner wasted off my nut at 4am eating eggs, toast and bacon and drinking drip coffee. The checkered tiled diner immediately inspired me and as soon as I got back to Sydney I started to paint my diner series from my imagination.

Maya Barnstone

  • Born in Washington state, I spent the first 14 years of my life in the US, staying with family in Greece three months out of every year. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from America and my summers in Greece. My yiayia, who’s 97 years old, has painted her entire life and paints with me when I visit. I moved to Australia at 14 and attended Newtown high school of the performing arts for dance and drama but in year 10 discovered art. I graduated high school in 2016 then went straight into my bachelors degree of fine arts at national art school majoring in painting. I’m now almost two years out of school and painting everyday, still looking forward to the day I can go to Greece again to paint with my yiayia.

  • Instagram: @mayaspaintings