Born in Ewell, Surrey in 1935. After leaving sckool in 1950 he started work as a messenger for The Times Newspaper and then trained as a typographer and layout artist. The cartoons of Ronald searle and Andre Francois inspired him to develop his humorous drawings and he was invited to illustrate the Times House journal. He then produced humorous illustrations for advertisements and magazine articles for many companies including: Wh Smith, Shell, ICI, Harper's Bazaar, Sony and The Spectator to name but a few.
Colin moved to St Ives in 1983 with his wife Celia to develop and persue his interest in oil painting. In1993, the late Muriel Archer persuaded him to try for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - all three pictures submitted were accepted and hung.He has since exhibitted all over th UK .