TRIN PRESTON Painter
Trin Preston arrived in Australia in 1969 from Kenya in East Africa and settled in Ryde (a suburb of Sydney). Her husband got work with a delivery business and she decided to take up writing and took on a four year writing course which helped fill in long days in new country knowing nobody. She soon settled in and also started painting which she had not had time to do previously.
Trin and her husband started their own family fishing tackle business in Sydney so the writing and painting went on hold again. However, she started painting twenty eight years ago when she sold the business after her husbands’ death. She formed a painting group in Ryde which she ran for 18 years with a painting friend Jill Long. They had a constant stream of students and painters through the group and worked in oils and water colours.
Trin moved to Cabbage Tree Creek in 2006 and fell in love with the beauty and serenity of the area which expanded her African scenario style of painting, inspiring her to paint more and more of this beautiful country.
Her partner Bill built a beautiful studio for her in their garden into which she can disappear at any time to paint – then leave in a mess when she shuts the door. She has also been writing a book off and on for about 15 years and hopes, with Bill’s editing help, to finally get it finished and printed maybe by the end of 2015