Colin was born in Torquay, Devon, and educated locally. He painted for pleasure from a very early age and took evening classes whilst still at school. From the age of 16 to 20, he attended Newton Abbot College of Art, learning mainly painting and printmaking but in the fourth year, switched to an Art and Design course with a view to earning a living. His first job was in the art department of an Exeter printer but within a few years he had moved to Bristol and worked there for various advertising agencies between 1970 and 1982. At that time he set up his own design and artwork studio which ran successfully until 1996 when the urge to revert to his first love of painting and drawing reappeared.
Colin and his wife had been visiting Suffolk for a few years and fell in love with the county so a move to the Suffolk coast gave him the impetus to paint full time and achieve an ambition held in check since leaving college. The sea and the rivers are the aspects that attract him most, but subjects do vary and other areas of the British Isles now appear in his work. The relocation has resulted in the creation of an ever-increasing body of work which has developed over the last 21 years. It has been exhibited and sold locally and in other areas of the UK and is widely admired.
Since 1998, a member and exhibitor with the Ipswich Art Society.
Since 2004, a member and exhibitor with “artworks”.
My aim is to create an expressive response to the environment – the ever-changing effects of the elements on water, skies, forests and the countryside inspire me to portray an atmospheric and emotional sense of place. I’m not an artist who can return to the same subject or format again and again so I need the stimulation of change in order to continue to evolve and explore new possibilities.
From within my consciousness, a process of change and emergence occurs and only then does the image become representative of my feelings. I experience a huge sense of exhilaration when a piece has resolved itself although each new work that I make is not a final entity – it is part of an ongoing development.
Exhibiting is an integral part of this whole process because it is the ultimate accolade when someone wants to hang my work in their home.
Regularly selected to exhibit at the “Pastel Society” and “Discerning Eye” exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London.
Represented by The Linda Blackstone Gallery, London, at The Affordable Art Fair, London and international art fairs.
Group and one-man exhibitions at:
The Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth.
Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, Suffolk.
Currently exhibiting at:
Snape Maltings Gallery, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk
The Rye Art Gallery, Rye, East Sussex
“Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945” David Buckman.
“The Artist in our Midst” Green Pebble.
“How Artists See Places” Green Pebble.
“Aldeburgh – A Song of the Sea” ACC Art Books.
Photographic portraits of Colin courtesy of Foyers Photography