Colin Porter studied at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and later took a post graduate course in Landscape Design at Plymouth University. After working for Capel Manor and the Royal Horticultural Society at Rosemoor as Head Gardener he set up his own design, build and consultancy business in North Devon, ColinPorterLandscapes. Since that time he has developed many gardens large and small, from country estates to community projects to orchards, potagers, medicinal gardens. Colin has a fascination with making fine gardens, and his love and passion finds honest expression in his work. Further research studies at Plymouth University led to an MA in Landscape Research. In 2009 he was awarded Professional Gardener of the Year for his work at North Devon Hospice. He is co- founder and chairman of the Landscape Gardens Health Network.
Colin was a rock climber in Sheffield ( which was where he started his gardening career ) and at Kew he was able to develop his interest in alpine plants, leading to plant collecting expeditions to the European Alps, the Andes in Ecuador and the Himalayas in Nepal.
Over the last 3 years Colin has been a student of Fine Art at Petroc College and will continue his studies with the BA Hons., and will focus on his sculpture work. His work has already been exhibited locally and exhibitions are planned for the autumn of 2019. His art work has numerous influences, far too many to mention. Colin does not want to be a figurative, landscape or conceptual artist. There is a much deeper vein where our social conscience can be inverted to seek out more obscure truths.
Equally his connection to the natural world, his deep understanding of natural processes significantly informs his art practice. Working with found and natural materials helps him explore different levels and relationships. Our connection to the greater powers that surround us reveals not only our insignificance but reveals the hidden joy in simple things. We can play with ideas, words, music, toss them in the air and conjure up something else.