About the Artist
Began painting professionally in 1975, on the West Coast, as an artist for the New Zealand Forest Service, before leaving to work full time on his own pieces. In 1983 Colin became The Royal New Zealand Navy Official Artist, a position he still holds. As a result he has been to Britain to paint the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic Fleet Review, returning in 2004 to visit HMS Victory and work on a painting of Lord Nelson, presented to the Royal Navy by the RNZN for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Most of Colin’s navy paintings are destined for the National Archives or presentation to other navies.
Paintings and commissions have also taken Colin to Wales, the Irish Sea, Bahrain, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Mongolia, Korea, USA, the Sub-Antarctic Islands, Fiordland, Hawaii, across the Tasman by ship three times, the Coral Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, Athens, Newfoundland and most of New Zealand.
In 2011 Colin’s painting of New Zealand Falcons over Mt Tapuaeunuku won its category in an international online art competition in the UAE, and he was sponsored to the UAE for two weeks – the first time he’d seen of his works hanging in a tent. Colin has also had numerous solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand, as well as participated in joint shows.
He began visiting the Marlborugh Sounds annually from 1959 (based at TE Rawa) until 1992, when her began to paint the outer sounds. Colin enjoys painting the Bulwer and D’Urville/Stephens Island area, as well as in the Cook Strait. He moved to Marlborough from the West Coast in 2000.
Colin often paints plein air, where he attempts to complete a smaller broader painting outdoors on location in a single session. These paintings have a charm and spontaneity that cannot be replicated in the studio. His inspiration comes in various ways, often in response to a mood generated by the subject, a certain lighting, or simply because he’s attracted to the subject.