Colin is currently a resident artist with Forestry England at Dalby Forest. His project, centred on Dalby Forest and Dalby Stone Maze, is exploring the myths, magic, legends and folklore associated with forests and stone circles. In connection with this he was one of the eighteen exhibitors in the ‘SelfScapes 2021′ exhibition in the forest supported by Arts Council England. The artworks were dispersed in and around the forest which formed a natural living gallery.
His studies in art began in Suffolk, including life drawing classes at Ipswich School of Art. Throughout his career in education he also worked as a designer, illustrator and ran a small studio pottery in Derbyshire. He is a versatile artist now working from his studio in Lockton, North Yorkshire, where he enjoys pushing the boundaries by experimenting with new ideas, methods and materials.
His three paintings in this exhibition are interpretations of well-known features in North Yorkshire and the technique used is inspired by Japanese prints and in particular the work of Hokusai. They focus on the connection between the landscape, plants and wildlife. All too often visitors to well known landmarks fail to notice how nature adapts to, and coexists, with the intrusion of people, vehicles, noise and litter.