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.