What happened was…
Last century, when the sun was shining and Colin was but a boy, he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. Looking back he thinks that it was probably a modern day miracle because he cannot recall ever being that intelligent. He spent his time in the Australian Mining Industry. A lovely place to be if you like being surrounded by rocks, diesel fuel and heavy equipment (and beautiful sunsets).
During his spare time, he consistently practiced drawing and painting, dreaming of the day he could leave the corporate world and build a life around his creative ways. He had trouble playing the ‘pretending to be busy’ game that was required in heavy industry.
However, he admits that he did learn to carry a clipboard everywhere and that really helped give the appearance of a man on the go. He feels that this was one of the creative ways he found to help him slip from the corporate ladder. Unable to be pretentious also was also a contributing factor.
Circumstances twisted and turned and eventually, he became a full-time portrait artist. Initially he did serious portraits, but soon changed to cartoon portraits because people did not know what themselves looked like, so why waste time being serious? His creative, portraits were still realistic, but drawn very quickly and with an element of fun. Over time, he learned to draw with 2 hands at once. This enabled him to show off and pretend that he was clever. Nobody is clever, clever is just the result of practice.
He drew over 75,000 portraits in Australia, England and USA. Not surprisingly, he started losing his passion for drawing after seeing such a sea of faces. So he changed careers and became a seascape artist (after much practice and patience).
- Colin has sold over 4000 paintings.
- He has exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and New York.
- His work hangs in private collections in over 25 countries.
His theme is always creativity. He loves the exploration of new, abstract and even weird ideas. Since we are surrounded by the infinite he finds it difficult to believe in limited conventional thinking.
Colin has been married for 50 years and his wife, Lina is always his inspiration. Want more creativity? Have a look at some of his other sites. His creative ways are interesting, irreverent and imaginative. He has spent a lifetime consistently looking for the meaning and an understanding of life.
The result? What you see is what you think, no more, no less. You are your world. I am my world. You can read the outcome here.
The Art of Peace and Beauty
‘My familiarity of my subject and my medium (acrylic) allows me to spontaneously follow the subtle urges of my intuition as it pushes me this way and that.
This looseness of movement and focused intent, results in spontaneous and unique work that is dynamic, realistic and alive. My work is not an abstraction of nature. It is a representation of one moment in its infinite variety of expression.
The nebulousness of water is my great attraction. I capture this moving mass in a frozen moment. The land, sand, rocks and distant hills are incidental in my art. They are only the dance floor for this ever-changing play of nature.’
His art captures a moment in the life of the ocean, in all of its natural breathtaking beauty. Each painting has the vital essence of peace and harmony.
Colin would like to summarize this eloquent and arty outburst by saying: ‘Blah, blah, blah!’
Colin has for years, written his thoughts and pasted them on one of his many websites. He has recently collated a lot of his work into 4 volumes, the fifth is almost finished. They are each, around 600 pages and are:
‘A surprisingly, insightful series of small, semi-serious and not so serious simple essays’, so says he. (Spoken speedily)!