Colin Watson

I started painting again after 40 years working as a graphic and then website designer. It takes me back to my teenage years when I painted quite a lot and the reason I went to art college. I also remember the work and fantastic skills of the illustrators I commissioned in my early working life as a book jacket designer.

Rather than painting a subject from life or reference drawings, I like the idea of illustrating and creating pictures from photos and other researched or found references. Very often copying and montaging multiple images together to create the final picture.

I liked the idea of a craftsman painting to order and I have always had a romantic notion about being an art forger.