First up I was born, then…
Last century, when the sun was shining and Colin was but a boy, he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. Looking back he thinks that it was probably a modern day miracle because he cannot recall ever being that intelligent. He spent his time in the Australian Mining Industry. A lovely place to be if you like being surrounded by rocks, diesel fuel and heavy equipment (and beautiful sunsets).
During his spare time, he consistently practiced drawing and painting, dreaming of the day he could leave the corporate world and build a life around his creative ways. He had trouble playing the ‘pretending to be busy’ game that was required in heavy industry.
However he does admit that he did learn to carry a clipboard everywhere and that really helped give the appearance of a man on the go. He feels that this was one of the creative ways he found to help him slip from the corporate ladder. Speaking the truth also was a contributing factor.
Circumstances twisted and turned and eventually, he became a full-time portrait artist. Initially he did serious portraits, but soon changed to cartoon portraits because people did not know what they looked like, so why waste time being serious? His creative, portraits were still realistic, but drawn very quickly and with an element of fun. He also noticed that people like fun! Over time, he learned to draw with 2 hands at once.
He drew over 75,000 portraits in Australia, England and USA. Not surprisingly, he started losing his passion for drawing after seeing such a sea of faces.
So he changed careers and became a seascape artist (after much practice and patience).
- Colin has sold over 3500 paintings.
- He has exhibited in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and New York.
- His work hangs in private collections in over 25 countries.
His theme is always creativity. He loves the exploration of new, abstract and even weird ideas. Since we are surrounded by the infinite he finds it difficult to believe in limited conventional thinking.
Colin has been married for over 45 years and his wife, Lina is always his inspiration. Want more creativity? Have a look at some of his other sites. His creative ways are unique and imaginative.
The Art of Peace and Beauty
Colin Perini’s seascapes are not clever or considered, they are simple natural expressions from his heart. It is his simple spontaneity that captures the hearts of those who must have his art.
This looseness of movement and looseness of intent, results in spontaneous and unique work that is dynamic, realistic and alive. My work is not an abstraction of nature. It is a representation of one moment in its infinite variety of expression.
“The nebulousness of water is my great attraction. I capture this moving mass in a frozen moment. The land, sand, rocks and distant hills are incidental in my art. They are only the dance floor for this ever-changing play of nature. ”
His art captures a moment in the life of the ocean, in all of its natural breathtaking beauty. Each painting has the vital essence of peace and harmony.
Colin would like to summarise by saying: “Blah, blah, blah!”