Trish Sinclair - Artist

About the Artist


I was nurtured in a household of enthusiastic artists and photographers. As a child I was always making something – looking for new ideas using paper or fabric or paints. Later photographing the beautiful New Zealand coastline instilled an intense awareness of the world around 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.

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.

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

Painting Style

I find my photography to be a great resource for painting. My challenge is to find the essence of a scene - looking to simplify and refine the design. My style has been constantly changing and growing which is as it should be - life is always changing - and for the better of course.

Awards, Education and Exhibitions

  • The Learning Connexion, Wellington, 2014 - Diploma of Art and Creativity (2 year full time course)
  • Local fund raising exhibitions – mARTakana, Great Summer Arts, Artfusions.
  • The Rose House Award – 2015
  • Art@24 Gallery - Warkworth New Zealand. My artworks and photographs by M J Peterson are able to be view by appointment - refer to my contact page.
peering through Pohutukawa tree at the distant coast around the bay
bright white sand runs through the middle of this photo with equal sized bands of a cerulean sea in the foreground and deep forest green covered hills in the background