"Wonderful experience! Perfect ambience and super friendly staff and artists teaching from scratch."

- Gunjan Dixit

Meet Our Fabulous Team

Paula Holstein

Paula Holstein

Office Manager

Paula is our multitalented artist, musician and friendly Office Manager. Outside of Paint Pinot Paula sings and plays the guitar, fiddle, banjo and piano accordion in two bands: ‘Stringline Folk Band’ & ‘SMP’. Furthermore Paula runs her own bookkeeping business, is a single mother of three children and still manages to find time for her hobbies as a keen renovator and aspiring permaculturalist. Here is a clip of Paula performing live at Bellingen Memorial Hall: https://youtu.be/QtA0gG1Xu9c

Subarna Thapa (Subu)

Subarna Thapa (Subu)

Café Manager

Subu Migrated to Australia in 2017 to undertake his Masters in Information Technology. Whilst studying he worked in multiple hospitality roles in front and back of house. Subu soon realised that the hospitality industry is where he belonged and pursued it further to continue achieving immense job satisfaction.

Subu is always focused on providing outstanding customer service and cannot help but create an enjoyable atmosphere. Seeing the happy faces of his guests means everything to him. Subu’s enthusiasm shines through as he serves delicious food, unique cocktails and an eclectic selection of wines, beers and spirits in the fun filled environment of Paint Pinot.

Martin van Aardt

Martin van Aardt


Martin was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 2020. Martin completed studies in Graphic Design and also pursued studies in his other passion Fine and Applied Arts. Today Martin continues thriving in both fields; working as a Graphic Designer and flourishing in the world of Fine Arts. First exhibiting his artworks in 2004, Martin feels that his continual involvement in the arts helps keep him creatively grounded.

Martin started presenting painting classes with Paint Pinot while working as a Senior Designer at the University of Canberra. The thing he loves the most about presenting painting classes for Paint Pinot is witnessing the joy experienced by his patrons achieving a sense of individuality and self expression in a finished canvas. Martin looks forward to seeing you at his next class on Thursday evenings. You can check out some of Martin’s creativity here: https://www.instagram.com/martinva13/

Jessica McLeod-Yu

Jessica McLeod-Yu


Jessica is one of the very talented artists we have here at Paint Pinot. ⁠Creative doesn’t even begin to describe Jessica having discovered her passion at just 3 years of age. She’s since graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours and now specialises in 2D animation and digital art. ⁠When she’s not teaching classes in the Paint Pinot studio, she enjoys producing videos on her artistic practise. In 2020, one of her videos was nominated for the Best Music Video at the Grammys (talk about amazing). ⁠We just love her energy and vibrant hair of course. Be sure to check out more of Jessica’s creative work by heading to:
Instagram: @rocket1111child
Website: https://rocketchildart.com/

Sebastian Roberts

Sebastian Roberts


Sebastian was born and raised in the south of England. He moved to Canberra to complete High School and has stayed in the area for almost 13 years now.

When Sebastian was young he was a voracious painter and this passion led him to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in painting. In his own practice he is interested in capturing and somewhat abstracting moments where the everyday seems surreal. He also likes to paint things that go unseen and to look at built environments from unexpected vantage points. 

Throughout University, Sebastian worked in hospitality where he continues to this day. When he is not facilitating art sessions you’ll find him working in the kitchen, behind the bar, or doing barista work elsewhere. He loves that this job gives him the opportunity to make the most of both his hospitality and painting experience. 

Sebastian doesn’t know what the next step is but is really enjoying his role at Paint Pinot. He particularly likes that the sessions are about finding the fun in painting.

"Fun painting experience! They also now do breakfast on weekends - had tasty French toast!"

- Katherine Blackwell

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