I am most inspired by the places I visit. I love to travel and record those memories in sketches and photographs. The subjects I choose to paint are a result of those travels, whether close by or distant. They are a part of my story, my life.
I begin an artwork either from my sketches or photographs, never from someone else’s. I had to be there, be involved, and recall the sounds and smells of the place.
I often create a painting on location, known as Plein Air, which gives the artwork a spontaneous vitality sometimes difficult to recreate later in the studio. I am inspired by light, the way it changes the landscape day by day, hour by hour. I paint what inspires me, what stops me in my tracks.
I enjoy working with both oils on canvas and watercolour on paper. The way oil paint or watercolour is applied to the surface and how it reacts is so different, so exciting, each having its own qualities shine through in the end result.
I love the marks left by the brush in oil paintings. I love the way the white of the paper shines through a watercolour to create light.
My paintings give back so much, more than a photograph ever could. Memories of the places I visit, people I meet and friends I make. I love creating art for the pleasure it shares.
I think my viewers are perhaps interested in imagining my experiences. The warmth of the sun on my back, the hustle and bustle of the market, the sounds of the seaside or the peace and quiet of the mountain tops. Looking at that framed artwork on their wall and being transported there for a while.
Born in Sunderland, Co Durham in 1957, Colin has lived in Dunfermline, Fife since 2004. Having always had an interest in art since early school years, Colin studied art to Advanced level and, later, part-time college. Colin pursued a career in Financial Services for 38 years, painting in his spare time. He took early retirement in 2013 to concentrate on painting full time. Mainly self-taught, Colin has been fortunate to have studied with renowned oil painter Ken Howard RA OBE, also internationally known watercolourists Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet.
Colin writes articles for Leisure Painter magazine and is a watercolour instructor on cruise ships.
RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, USA
Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh February 2017 Group Exhibition
Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams August 2016
Artist Magazine Open Exhibition June 2016
Paisley Art Institute Open Exhibition May 2016
Featured Artist RS Hanna Gallery Fredericksburg Texas February 2015
Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams August 2015
Hopetoun House Edinburgh Group Exhibition April 2015
Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Edinburgh 2013
Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh Oct 2012 Group Exhibition
Leisure Painter Magazine Open Art Exhibition June 2011 :Winner of the Winston Oh Award
Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh Feb 2011 Group Exhibition
Leisure Painter Magazine Open Art Exhibition June 2008
Leisure Painter Magazine Open Art Exhibition June 2007 :Winner of the Earnley Concourse Award
British Society of Painters 2002 (Prize Winner), 2003, 2004, elected Companion of the International Guild of Artists (C.I.G.A.) in 2004.
Leisure Painter April 2017 – 60 minute paintings – Part 2
Leisure Painter March 2017 – 60 minute paintings – Part 1
Blog post by Pit Vins Feb 2016
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American Art Collector Dec 2015 – RS Hanna Gallery show preview ad
Western Art Collector Nov 2015 – RS Hanna Gallery show preview
Blog post by David Gough Photography Nov 2015
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Scottish Art Scene online magazine – Aug Issue 53 Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show pages 15 and 24
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Leisure Painter – Oct 2011 Art Exhibition winners article
Leisure Painter – Oct 2007 Art Exhibition winners article
SAA Paint magazine
SAA Professional Associate
Dunfermline Art Club. Regular tutor in watercolour for club members.
UK Plein Air Society