Artist North Devon | Sculptor | Landscape Designer Great Torrington
After leaving RHS Rosemoor Colin 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. 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. Colin has recently studied 3 years of Fine Art at Petroc College, focussing on sculpture, and for the last 2 years has developed his practice, producing new work and continuing with experimentation, processes and techniques. In October 2020 Colin started a 2 year MFA research project with Plymouth College of Art. Colin's 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.