Colin Ross Jack

Media
Oils, Acrylics, Soft Pastels
Subjects
Seascape, Landscape, Snowscape, Moonscape, Still Life, Abstract, Japanese ukiyo style, Venice, Flowers, Nocturne
Region(s)
M, NW, Wales, SW

Colin is available for Demonstrations, Workshops and Commissions. He is willing to travel to most places in England, especially midlands, and is happy to attend both day and evening events

Art has been a passion for all my life, and continues to be so. I work in Oils, Acrylics and Pastels. I paint seascapes, flowerscapes, snowscapes, moonscapes, still life and landscape, with occasional figure paintings [including venetian carnival figures and Japanese geishas] . I have recently been painting in Japanese ukiyo-e style in acrylic, which is proving popular

My subjects are often drawn from my home area in Fife, Scotland. I now live in the midlands of England, where I exhibit and demonstrate, but I especially exhibit regularly at the annual Arts Festival in Pittenweem, Fife, which has grown in size to become one of the major arts events in Scotland. As well as in England and Scotland, several of my pictures are now in private collections in France, Germany, Australia and America, including 2 owned by Michael steele, former bass player of the bangles.

I am married, with a son and daughter, and 5 grandchildren. I took a degree in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, and have taught Physics for my working life [now retired]. I maintain a passion for Astronomy, and love to photgraph the night sky.. I have also written poetry and a novel. I play guitar, and despite being Scottish, I am passionate about cricket.

The East Neuk of Fife - Where is the East Neuk? Fife sticks out of the East coast of Scotland, looking like a Scotty dog's head. The East Neuk is the easternmost corner, the dog's nose, comprising the old fishing villages of Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther (including Cellardyke and Kilrenny) and Crail. The predominant colours here are the blue of the sea and sky, the white of the buildings with their crow-stepped gables, and the orange of the pan tiled roofs. Artists are attracted here for the Mediterranean-like beauty, the vivid and clear light of summer, and the angry passionate seas of winter. I was born and brought up in Anstruther, and though I no longer live in Scotland, I go 'home' several times every year, dipping again and again into the inexhaustible supply of scenes there. I am convinced that if Van Gogh had found the East Neuk of Fife before he found Arles, he would have settled here! I follow two dictums in my painting: 'Painting is less about making marks than about making choices' and 'A painting is not about how a place looks but how it feels'

Further details of Colin's work may be seen at www.colinrossjack.co.uk. He is available for commissioned work (Tel: 01905 592168,07748 763548 email:

Colin is happy to travel from his home in Worcester.