Col is a Yass Valley artist whose paintings seek to capture something of the beauty and inspiration in the world around us. His painting style has been described as representational and painterly and the subjects he selects reflect his interest in discovering and rediscovering that which is life affirming, truthful, good and beautiful in people, places and experiences just the way they are.
While largely self taught, ongoing learning is a key element of his art journey. In this regard he owes much to a range of gifted painters and tutors such as John Wilson, Warwick Fuller, Colley Wilson, Max Wilkes, Ros Psakis and to numerous others who have written about art and painting in particular.
Since his retirement from the public service in 2012 he has successfully exhibited regularly and has been a popular drawing and painting tutor in the Yass Valley.
He is a founding member of the Visual Arts Society of Yass. A group of like minded people established the Visual Arts Society of Yass as a vehicle to encourage visual artists in their development in the Yass Valley region. It evolved from a recognition of the importance that visual art, along with art in all its forms, plays an essential role in enriching and informing our lives both individually and as a community.
Jan 2018: 'Finding stillness in our places', at Bungendore Fine Art, 42b Ellendon St, Bungendore NSW
Aug 2017: 'Lifescapes art exhibition' (group exhibition), Sweet Copper Cafe & Gallery
Dec 2016: Tootsie (group exhibition)
Apr 2016: Yass Valley Visitors Centre (group exhibition)
Sep 2015: Inaugral Binalong Spring Arts Show (group exhibition)
Sep 2014: Oddfellows Hall (group exhibition)
Nov 2013: Anthony Rose Gallery (with Ruth Dodd)
Aug 2013: Yass Valley Visitors' Centre (group exhibition)
Nov 2012: Marie Shaw's studio (solo and first exhibition)