As well as being a painter, Colin has nearly 30 experience of climbing and working in mountains. He was born in the East Midlands and studied art and drama at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in the mid-eighties. After a short time teaching C20 Art History, he moved to Manchester to work for The Guardian Newspaper eventually specialising in economic development and destination marketing.
Following a ‘road to Damascus’ moment in a Lake District cafe in the early 90’s, he set up a company to run an indoor climbing centre in a disused church in the North West of England. Experiences of running a small business combined with those of an artist provided the context for ‘A short walk in the big landscape’, a series of nine solo exhibitions that toured England in 2008/09 funded by the English Arts Council.
In 2010, he was invited to undertake a year-long residency at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral which led to an exhibition of 30+ drawings and which later transferred to Cologne, Germany. In 2012 he had a solo exhibition in Chelsea, New York.
He is currently nearing the end of a 3-year project with a Manchester-based property developer, (Bruntwood plc), working on a series of ‘cityscapes’, looking across the city skyline from the top of a number of their properties and for which a large exhibition is planned next summer.
Also in 2014 he will be exhibiting in Washington DC with Susan Calloway Fine Art and is now also working on a series of drawings for the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.