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About My Art
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 am not just inspired by the ocean, it is my life force. I paint the ocean as I experience it – as a surfer.
I am humbled that my art can be found 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 am greatly inspired by the work of the great 18th-century Japanese artist, Hokusai, and often paint using permanent acrylic ink on very heavy Arches watercolor paper. Generally, I use that method for the finer pieces, where I am trying to capture the intricate 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.
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”
Drakes Passage – Great Southern Ocean
Moon break Southern Sky
Leroy’s Downfall Part 1
Teahupo’o from the Back
The Quiet Place
Great Southern Ocean Part 1
Anatomy of a Wave Part 2
Lady Blue Part 2
We chose COLD WAVE to drift across our large concert screen(s) in 2016 and beyond (so far 150 concerts booked). COLD WAVE will look magnificent!!! Thanks so much for visually enhancing our Beach Boys in concert atmosphere!
The Beach Boys
In The News
The Wobbly Surfer
Let me be crystal clear. I don’t like MS at all. But having it has its upsides. I get to paint a lot more now. The problem is that i…
Just finished a new piece. The Cove. An awesome wave . The original photo by Karl Angell of Ocean Art Photographic. Again this is ink and acrylic. My goal was…
A new phase
Working hard on a new exhibition. I am amazed at the time it is taking but part of that has been a focus on some new techniques! Having a lot…
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