Located in the centre of Cambridge is the small, unassuming Sinclair Barclay Gallery.
Just over 20 years ago, creative artists Wayne Sinclair and Robyn Barclay decided to establish an open, working art gallery there.
“I’ve been painting full-time for 40 years now. When I first started I had a gallery in Hamilton for four or five years. I gave that away after a while – I found it was hard to paint and create with the public coming in. I was running the gallery myself”.
With his wife, he was able to establish the gallery in Cambridge in which they can simultaneously create painted artworks in public view, exhibit their completed works, and sell them, too.
Wayne Sinclair is particularly inspired by European scenes which he has come across will travelling with his wife.
He likes them for their historical element as well as the beautiful landscapes, the combination of which he said was “really nice to paint in a realistic, impressionist way.”
With paintings featured in large and prestigious collections around the world, one of the things Wayne Sinclair now enjoys most is instilling the same passion in others, holding several art classes every week alongside running the gallery – helping people progress from being painters as a hobby, to becoming creative artists.
“Painting is something that opens your eyes to everything around you. People can’t believe what they can create with a wee bit of help,” he said. [www.Stuff.co.nz]