Trish Findlater Artist

Categories: Art,

Trish Find­later hails from a long line of Fitzpatricks in Ath­lone. She got the best out of her time in 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 Ul­ster Uni­versity in Bel­fast for three years (1981-83) for a BA in Fine Arts. This was fol­lowed by a year in Dub­lin, in the Temple Bar Stu­dio. She gave even­ing classes in the Stu­dio, and also in such ven­ues as Mount­joy Prison where her class were study­ing Art for the Leav­ing Cert exams.

She then ap­plied for a Schol­ar­ship with the Fine Art Academy of An­t­werp to do her MA, spe­cial­iz­ing in Art, 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 cos­tume de­signer Joan Ber­gin: [She is a cos­tume De­signer of ex­tordin­ary tal­ents work­ing on everything from Riverd­ance ,with three Emmys under her belt for her elab­or­ate period work on Mi­chael Hirst’s Show­time series, The Tu­dors and more re­cently The Vik­ings for chanel 4], who en­cour­aged her to take an in­terior design course.

She 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 re­do­ing three state rooms in the Ma­sonic Hall in Moles­worth Street.

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.

Trish now lives with her hus­band Alex in a lovely house in Cong Co Mayo sur­roun­ded by mag­ni­fi­cent flower-beds and herb­aceous bor­ders. The con­ser­vat­ory is the per­fect stu­dio with the clear west of Ire­land air and light pour­ing in from the east, south and west, and from the sky above.

Cong is fam­ous for the 5-Star Ash­ford Castle on the shores of Lough Cor­rib, and as the loc­a­tion where the Quiet Man was filmed, star­ring Maur­een O'Hara and John Wayne.

What others say...

“As horse owners who have commissioned Trish to paint our Thoroughbred Race horses & sport horses we particularly admire her art for the ability to reproduce an exact likeness, a portrait, of a our horses.”

Recurring client, The Curragh, Co Kildare

What others say...

“Trish Findlater’s Horse paintings show tremendous skill in composition and perspective, her ability in handling colour, light and shadow to suggest the external appearance of the underlying anatomical structure is excellent.”

Recurring client, The Curragh, Co Kildare

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