NATURE, OCEAN AND SURF
About My Art
My art is in homes, offices, and galleries around the world. It was chosen by Bruce Johnston and the Beach Boys as a backdrop for their 2016 world tour. I paint the ocean as a surfer. I have been surfing for over 40 years and just love the ocean. The feel, the sound, the look. The power, the fractured lines, sparkling light, mist, the movement of the sea.
I often paint using permanent acrylic ink on very heavy Arches water color paper. Generally that is for the finer pieces where i am trying to capture the fine detail of a wave. for the larger ocean pieces I use a combination of acrylic and oil. My recent “storm” series for example was all acrylic and oil.
About The Artist
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!
Like most artists there are some places that simply capture your heart and soul. While the ocean is obviously mine. There are some very special areas that just embody the power and magnitude of the Ocean like no others. The Great Southern Ocean being one of my obsessions. Over and above that I have my very own sunshine coast, New Zealand, Tasmania, Costa Rica, Mexico and many more. I tend to move between a desire to capture the wild chaos of mid ocean storms and the absolute perfection of glassy barrels on a winters day. My driving commitment is to Ocean Conservation. Our exhibition in October 21 raised funds and awareness for the Australian Marine Conservation Society. In my view, art can and should have an important role in helping protect the planet we love.