Rowland Sinclair is the main character of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries.
In 1927 Rowland returns to Australia from Oxford to attend Ashton Art School. He remembers it as a time of thrilling optimism, when crashing markets were unthinkable. This is also the place where he first meets Edna Higgins, very soon after arriving there.
On the 6th of December 1931 Rowly is painting a landscape under the light of an electric bulb that he admits any reasonable man would have walked away from hours ago. He eventually gives up and begins to clean his brushes. Edna then walks in to tell him she sold a piece of work and saw an old school friend, Archie Greenwood, in dire straits.
Physical Appearance Edit
Rowland constantly has paint splattered all over his clothes due to a habit of wiping his hands
on them while painting.
He has intense blue eyes that he often directs at the subjects of his paintings.
Personality and Traits Edit
He is a perfectionist in regards to his paintings and hopes in time to become a name in the art world. He is more likely to ruin a painting beyond redemption than to give up on it. He is not concerned with the state of his clothes and prefers paint covered ones to the clean tailored ones of his class.
He is prey to self-doubt about his work, which is common for painters. He often begins stretching people or events by simply pulling out his notebook.
Abilities and Skills Edit
He is a good painter of people but hopeless at trees and landscapes.
Edna Higgens Edit
Edna often poses for Rowland. He also draw her so often she ignores him when he does so. They
first meet at Ashton in 1927 when Rowland was just twenty three. He noticed her immediately and noticed little else after that. Their association had not started well but Edna captivated and mystified him.
Ed believes Rowland has artistic talent, but as a painter is prey to self doubt. She initially seemed to find him ridiculous and a bit trivial, or at least left him feeling that way. However despite these intial misgivings Edna came to like Rowland Sinclair, as he surprised her with his willingness to absorb the ways of her world, his interest in her politics, her friends and her causes. She knows that Rowland is in love with her on some level but he has never asked for his feelings to be returned and always called her Ed, like a mate, which she likes. To her the relationship is clear. They are best friends who will storm the world together with their art and ideas.Ed had also introduced Rowland to her circles, artists and intellectuals who fraternised across the class lines that segregated polite society from the rest. In time Rowland was accepted among them and forgiven for the absurd opulence of his background.