Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Joel Sinclair, ASA, SCA, CSPWC



Joel Sinclair, Wreckless Abandon


Joel Sinclair was born in 1970 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Growing up on an acreage in the country gave him a  deep love of nature, and from an early age, he interacted deeply with the natural environment around him.  Through the influence of his father, Robert Sinclair, he was immersed in the art world and exposed to many aspects of creative expression.

In 1992, he attended The Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, and with a major in Visual Communications, he left college in 1996 and started a very successful web design firm. After 12 years of successfully melding left and right-brain activity, he made the decision to step away from the world of computers and immersed himself 100% into his creativity and spirituality.


Joel Sinclair, Renewal

Today, he is an award winning professional Canadian artist whose paintings are recognized for their spirit, intensity of colour and dramatic sense of energy. He is represented commercially throughout Alberta and shows his work across Canada. He’s also an elected member of both the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Canadian Artists, and a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists.

Currently, he works plein air as well as out of his studio, which is located in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Joel Sinclair, Gentle Motion

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Could you tell us about your influences?

Joel: My influences are fairly varied. Obviously, my number one influence is the work of my own Father, Robert Sinclair. He sets the bar that I constantly strive for. In addition to that would be the works of accomplished watercolour artists such as Toni Onley, and David McEown. They both combine their love of nature and the world with their artistic abilities to create something that is timeless and beautiful. I’m also inspired by historical oriental Sumi-e artists such as Yamaoka Tesshu, who’s approach to life and artistic pursuits were spontaneous and dynamic, and resulted in work that is unparalleled and brilliant.

ASA: Which body of work would you consider to be most successful to date?

Joel:  My most successful body of work thus far is my “Sinking Sunset Series”. Currently, it is a small and fairly new body of work, but it successfully melds many approaches that I have explored in the past in a cohesive and accomplished manner in order to create a body of work that is both spontaneous and controlled. It has been quite successful in the commercial galleries, and I plan on expanding this series quite substantially.


ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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