Born in 1957 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, his father was an amateur artist and Colin soon picked up the love of art for himself, deciding to make this his career whilst at school in Falmouth. In the early 1970’s he trained as a technical illustrator, then worked for 20 years as an airbrush artist for advertising agencies and design companies in the UK and Canada.
These past skills and experience now informs his more recent fine art practice: sketching in various media and painting in oils on canvas.
The beauty of the world around inspires him, present within all things: landscape, the sea, a still life or the inherent beauty in people. All held in the interplay of light, mood and composition. He is compelled to slow down and look more closely – to truly see those things we can often pass by unnoticed. Colin believes this intrinsic beauty gives us glimpses of the Sacred.
The act of painting is then an interpretation of what he sees and senses. This involves the texture of the paint, the process of mixing the colours on the palette, the magic of putting it on the canvas and witnessing the alchemy of images, textures and forms emerging.