Elizabeth Sinclair


After taking a degree in Modern Languages at Durham University, followed by a Diploma in Education, I taught French and German for thirty years both here in County Down and in Lancashire. 


I have had no formal training in art.  My interest began when I saw a GCSE display of one of my own pupils at school.  The art teacher encouraged me to take a watercolour class.  This was in 1989.  From there I moved on to oils and then to pastels, my favourite painting medium.


One miserable January day I received a brochure for a painting holiday in Spain.  The cover painting was by Lionel Aggett, famous for his colourful scenes of France and Spain and much admired by me for years.  He was to be a tutor on the course.  I was hooked.  I have been painting in Spain, Mallorca and France several times.  It is a wonderful experience to sit in an olive grove or in a shaded Moorish courtyard, painting whilst bees buzz, fountains play and birds sing, the air warm and heady with flowery fragrances.


Over the years I have painted any and everything.  Subjects “speak” to me or else I choose not to paint them.  That is the beauty of painting for me.   My motto is “You do not know what you can do until you try”

Olive Grove

Pier Pressure



Rookie in Charcoal

King Charles



Nr Roundstone

New York

Cocker Retrieving

I love you Bear

If you go down to the woods

In the sun

Is anybody there



Eager to go


Best of Friends

Cunningham White


Giant Poppy

Wolf Cub

Raising the Dust

Camargue Horses


Autumn Fire, Ashridge



Carnival Ball

Clematis, Dr Ruppel

Flamenco Guitarist

In pensive mood

Mid Island Greyabbey

Olive grove with poppies

On the beach

Rhododendron Manon



Shades of Autumn

Spurn Head

Strangford wreck

Sylvan shadows

Pointers Flushing Pheasant

Ballintoy Coast

Barr's Bay

Pauline's Peony Rose

After the rains - Painshill Surrey

After the rains 2 - Painshill Surrey