Hi, I am Col and have been painting, sculpting and surfing the ocean for a long time now. I have been lucky enough to surf in some beautiful locations globally. No wave is ever the same. The light, shape, texture and even sound of the waves differ constantly.
A strong influence for my work is the Japanese Ukiyo-e genre of painting exemplified by Hokusai. The simplicity and clarity of form and structure is captivating. My pieces are often based on places I have surfed and in some cases, places I really want to surf! “Waves are the heartbeat of the planet. The ballet of the sea, and the symphony of life. They heal, they calm, they exhilarate and they destroy, but always with immense beauty “.
I now have Multiple Sclerosis. While this has limited my access to the surf, I am very blessed in that I can still paint it. My studio is a short wheel chair ride from the ocean (300 meters) at Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia so when the inspiration starts to dry up I can always “roll” down to the sea and “just look”