Colin Peel has been painting since he was a boy growing up in the rural Australian town of Cohuna in the 1950's and 60's. He has devoted greater time to his life's passion in the past decade as he transitioned from the business world into retirement, after a lifetime spent painting for creative release. He paints in watercolour and oils but particularly enjoys experimental techniques such as granulating water colours on the synthetic water colour paper, Yupo. These experimental pieces have been commercially successful – particularly when the subject is water lilies. Colin travels extensively to paint, joining groups of like-minded artists throughout Europe, Asia and across Australia. Colin has undertaken three Art Residencies at Studios Kura and Itoya in Japan, where he engaged with artists from around the world and exhibited his work. He also enjoyed volunteer teaching of painting in the University of the Third Age (U3A).
Colin has recently settled on the Surf Coast of Victoria after many years living in Melbourne with a studio in the famous art precinct, the Nicholas Building. Colin engages extensively with communities of artists, having held Committee positions in the Water Colour Society of Victoria and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists for many years. Colin's aspiration is to continue to develop as an artist, to do further teaching, and to continue to push the boundaries of water colour – particularly exploration of less traditional water colour surfaces (Yupo) and the newer water colours that are continually being produced.
Colin is open to commissioned work, please make contact to discuss further.
Great Ocean Road
Watercolour on Yupo