Trish Sinclair - Artist


diagonal flowing wave patterns of blue, turquoise and emerald with slashes from pink, red and orange  that look like leaves reflected in a stream

       The Elements

Atmospheric Coastlines

Through my recent series of seascapes I hope to express the different moods created by time and weather. I have used softer and darker colours to achieve this usually in acrylic, pencils and oil paint. I think these reflect the atmosphere of the coastline with its ever changing sky, light, reflections and distant horizons.

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
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 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 bright orange balloon effect broken with goldy yellow takes up most of the painting with warm blue sky above and turquoise flowing water over a sandy beach below a cheerful fun painting of cyan blue with windsurfer craft across the centre surrounded by gold and red blocks depicting the harbour 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 A toy town like fun painting 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

Landmarks and Patterns

This  series  is about  landmarks  and patterns in  nature - looking at these from a new perspective. By simplifying natural designs and abstracting them I hope to highlight their uniqueness and add a sense of fun.

By using bright coloured, transparent oil paints these create effects that are quite unexpected. I work the paint over a smooth canvas then add texture by applying varying depths of paint with a pallet blade. Sometimes I drawn in random sketch lines for extra definition.

peering through Pohutukawa tree at the distant coast around the bay

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

About Me

As an Aucklander I worked in the city. And while I loved the commercial buzz I also developed my creative side by studied Interior Design at ATI and 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

Recently I studied at The Learning Connection in Wellington achieving a Diploma of Art and Creativity and have been extending my art business since then.

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

Early Works

Fragrant lemons, the crisp beauty of peppers and amazing colours of the Comice pear - inspired these paintings.

Influenced by stories told of my great grandfather's connection with Kew Gardens and my own florist business experience.

By experimenting with various textures I wanted to add character to the paintings - for example I set in a base of patterned rice paper in the board preparation stage.