Early years growing up in his family's hotel on the North Antrim Coast has structured and challenged Colin's perspective of the Irish landscape, which is prevalent in his current work.
Winters spent looking out at rough seas and the distant coast of Scotland and summers playing on the beach or running through the Antrim Glens has often affected the nature of his work, obvious evidence of this are gloomy grey and black pictures painted in the dead of winter or contrasting vibrant coloured paintings from the brightest days of spring and summer.
Colin has always been fascinated by art, spending a lot of his formative years in his parents art gallery run by the late Lawson Birch meant he often did his homework among Ireland's greatest artists. Colin s work is inspired by his surroundings, struggling to portray light and texture in his work.
Paints are created with the use of pure pigments, mixed with oils and waxes to create both intense colours and texture. Damar crystal glazes finish and protect paintings for enjoyment for many years to come. This unique colour pallet along with distinctive framing ensures Colin's work will be both outstanding and sought after by the discerning collector.
Colin's work is on view in many Galleries all over Ireland and England and is in many private collections around the world.
In 2003 exhibited paintings in the Fine Art Trade Guild Artists Exhibition sold within days Shows in Belfast and Dublin in 2004 along with Ireland s leading artists sold out immediately, collectors pre-booking paintings before even having seen the exhibition.
2005 again saw two sell out shows in Dublin and one in Belfast. While not unexpected it was acclamation from Michael Buckley, Chairman of the Allied Irish Bank and curator of their art collection that led to the Irish Arts Council offering a bursary.
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