Colin Slee originally from Torquay, Devon, and having attended the Newton Abbott College of Art, Colin worked as a graphic designer in Exeter and Bristol before running his own design studio. In 1996, he moved to Suffolk with his wife to continue his career as a full-time artist, with his work featuring in a range of group and one-man exhibitions.
Passionate about portraying the constantly changing environment, Colin depicts large expanses of water such as seas and estuaries, as well as open spaces, skies, and forests, using acrylics, charcoal and pastels to create incredibly atmospheric pieces that evoke an emotional response in the viewer.
I have known Colin and his wife, Sue, for a few years now and we have been saying for a long time that Colin should come to the studio for a portrait. However, as is the case with many plans, the time has been against us, and when I have been free, Colin has not, or vice versa. Finally, just last month, we managed to get something organised!
To me, with his distinctive character and quiet, unassuming air of intelligence, Colin personifies a true artist, with none of the false arrogance that others in this line of work tend to possess. It seems to me that Colin is open, honest and truly enthused by art.
I enjoy my job that little bit more when my clients are friendly and engaging, and talking to Colin in the studio was a real pleasure. He was clearly very comfortable in front of the camera, which made achieving the desired portrait easy. In fact, I got four!
I was able to set up the studio before Colin arrived, as I knew how I’d like to light him. This meant that the portrait session was quite brief; taking just half an hour. Of course, the fact that Colin is such a distinguished-looking gentleman with a charming personality helped too, and time just seemed to fly by!
We were both very happy with the resulting portraits and I would love to have Colin in the studio again. Perhaps next time it won’t take us years to arrange!
If you would like to have a look at Colin Slee work please have a look at the Rye Art Gallery