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!
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”