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•    M.A. Fine Art painting & Sculpture: 1984-86 Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium.


•    B.A Fine Art, 1980-83 University of Ulster, Belfast


•    B.A Degree Interior Architecture. 2007-2010 Griffith College, Dublin.

 

     

Trish Findlater hails from a long line of Fitzpatricks in Athlone, Co Westmeath.

 She got the best out of her time at the Bower, run by the La Sainte Union Nuns, where the emphasis was on Arts and Drama. 

From there, to GMIT in Galway City, for her foundation year. The curriculum was based on the German Bauhaus way of looking at things afresh: colour, texture, line, form and spacial-awareness and with plenty of life and analytical drawing.    

Then to The Ulster University in Belfast, for three years (1981-83) for a B.A degree in Fine Arts. This was followed by a year in Dublin, in the Temple Bar Studio. She gave evening & day classes in the Studio. 

She then was awarded a Scholarship to the ‘Fine Art Academy of Antwerp, Belgium to complete an MA, specializing in Painting, Sculpture and Portraiture. 

Back in Dublin the first work opportunity was part time teaching art in the VECs in Dublin, Killester, Sutton and Galway. With her eye for colour she found opportunities with the architects, and with costumedesigner Joan Bergin, who encouraged her to take an interior design course.

Trish then went full time with an Architectural and Contracting practice on commercial work redesigning pubs, hotels, restaurants and private houses, both in Ireland and overseas. It was demanding and satisfying work. One of her most interesting projects was painting murals in three state rooms at the Masonic Hall in Molesworth Street, Dublin

With all this experience under her belt she decided to formalize her qualifications by taking a BA degree course in Interior Architecture at the School of Design & Architecture in Griffith College, Dublin. 

Unfortunately, with the country in deep recession, there was little opportunity to put her new talents to work. But it did give her the opportunity to return to the painting skills she had learnt in the Colleges and Universities. 

‘The genre of my work falls mainly into equestrian themes, the horse in landscape whether here in Ireland or abroad. I completed a series on the Endangered American Mustang horse after travels to Montana & Wyoming. Painted the Camargue horse while in France, Painted the Connemara pony while at Clifton Horse fair. 

When the opportunity arises I particularly like to paint outdoors. To mention a few artists and style I admire most are contemporary artists, Michael Ome Uniedt, Anne Blair and watercolour artist Don Weller, and old masters such as Caravaggio, Joaquin Sorolla, Degas, Turner and Alfred Munnings.

My husband Alex and I live in a lovely house in Cong, Co Mayo surrounded in the summer months by magnificent flower-beds and herbaceous borders. The old conservatory has outgrown my needs as a studio and so building a new one in the back garden with the clear west of Ireland air and light pouring in from the east, south and west, and from the sky above.’