Trish Sinclair - Artist


atmospheric seascapes in gentle shades

Image Gallery

Abstracted sandy beach and low lying clouds Clear fresh sunlit beach with bubbling water in the foreground. A white wave washes over rocks and sand. Above is a soft sky and below are sandy dunes in the distance A bonfire on the beach the waves in the background. The sky is the main feature in this image below is a pancake like rocky beach. Swirling water washes up on the beach - bright red and yellow contrasts with the blue and green of sea and sky.

While my photographs are a great visual resource, it’s the experiences, like walking along a stormy beach or in the soft twilight, that have a deeper personal effect on me. It's these things that I draw on and hope to express in my paintings.

The Elements

In this series I have chosen soft contrasts of grey and blue with accents of colour to reflect the different moods and changes in weather, time of day and season.

a casually pose of me leaning on a giant kauri tree trunk where I am wearing a white tee shirt and the picture is balanced with accented black in my watch, backpack and glasses
a cheerful fun painting of cyan blue with windsurfer craft across the centre surrounded by gold and red blocks depicting the harbour cobalt blue background with soft edged yellow and red triangular blocks filled with cut out pieces of green and orange and pink linked with a white line and red cut outs A toy town like fun painting diagonal broken ribbons of red and gold flow across the painting with a varied blue river running through the centre and pale blue sky above the oil painting a large block of blended reds, blues and magenta that flow in a gentle pattern a large block of blended rich reds, orange and magenta makes up most of the painting with emerald and purple edges that flow in a gentle pattern

Lifestyle and Landmarks

Inspired by places and events like a yachting Regata or depicting feelings like hot sand and cool water - I imagine the scene before me from a narrative perspective.

I apply layers of transparent oil paint on a very smooth canvas, I find this gives my painting hidden depths.

peering through Pohutukawa tree at the distant coast around the bay

Photographing the beautiful New Zealand coastline has been a great resource.

About Me

I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and for a time worked in the city. While I loved the commercial buzz I was also able to develop my creative side by studying Interior Design at ATI. Later I helped the family set up a florist business.

a retro picture of Trish sitting on the back of a boat with Rangitoto Island in the distance wearing denims and a turquoise tee shirt

It’s a path that eventually led me to study full time at The Learning Connection in Wellington achieving a Diploma of Art and Creativity and I’ve been extending my art practice since then.

painted in the old dutch style - a plate with a comice pear and a bowl with pears in it - red and gold shades stand out. Lemons scattered over a blue textured clothe. Four capsicums in yellow, red, green and pale yellow. A gold danish vase with blue iris flowers. Blue pottery bottles and terracotta coloured bowl displayed in an antique shop. New Zealand native flax leaves and flowers in bright reds, orange magenta. violet, magenta and Prussian blue and soft greens pallet knifed across the painting with a bit of bright green tumbling over the magenta in the foreground oils blended from pale blue to bright emerald with a slash of black and grey through the centre depicting a cliff and the beach below

Early Works

I carefully chose the colours for each subject hoping to bring out their individuality and unique characteristics.

Influenced by stories told of my great grandfather's connection with Kew Gardens and my own florist experience, I felt the need to express my inherited love of nature.