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Think back to your old family photos. In big albums that are falling apart, plastered on walls, shoved in cupboards to be looked at sporadically. They’re important to us, sure. But to Andrea Sinclair, they inspire her.
Andrea is an incredible artist, originally from Canada. She studied art in the 80s, but gave it up and only rejoined the art world in 2007. Flash forward just seven years, and she’s a finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize show.
“The inspiration for my work initially came from my lifelong love of old family photos,” Andrea told Mamamia.
“I decided that I wanted to keep some of [my family’s] captured moments in my paintings. I love how beautiful everyone seemed… it was so romantic. I know some of the real stories from back then and that everything wasn’t always so beautiful and there have been some sad eventualities, but I still think about who they were then and what their dreams were for the future.”
Drawing faces, of which she is known for, are her passion.
Artwork by Andrea Sinclair
“Faces are intriguing, full of mystery. We all ready faces in our own way; make up our own stories about the person we are viewing,” she said.