Colley Whisson Workshops – September 2023
About the Workshop
Colley will ensure that each student has the fundamentals to produce paintings with powerful light effects, loose brushwork and a sensitivity to the subject. Colley will be focusing his attention on tonal values, composition, brushwork, colour saturation and paying special attention to the importance of edges. His workshops are conducted in a positive and uplifting manner. Colley will employ a step-by-step process allowing all students the best chance to see the way a painting is constructed.
I was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1966. I grew up in semi-rural surrounds which gave me an appreciation for nature and the outdoors, enjoying every opportunity I’ve been given to study and appreciate its nuances. In 1985 I had a brief stint as a picture framer which I now look back upon as an excellent introduction to the art world as a young adult.
After giving me, all the necessary fundamentals required in becoming an artist my father Eric encouraged and guided my early artistic direction.
I have long believed “It’s not what you paint but how you paint it.” With this in the fore-front of my mind I’ve dedicated myself to developing my skills to the highest level possible. I’m aiming to tell a visual story with clarity and sophistication but I am also driven to distort and abstract the image as much as possible while still maintaining a realistic image. I am deeply honoured to be able to regularly hold exhibitions, tutoring appointments, judging and demonstrations in Australia and abroad. To carry the tag as quoted “one of Australia’s finest Impressionist painters” is a great personal achievement.
My first Solo Exhibition at age of 24 was a sell-out, a very encouraging sign to launch my career. Since then I have held numerous Solo and Joint Exhibitions. I have also written articles in Australia, United States, South Africa & International Artist Magazine’s. I am the author of 2 books “Creating Impressionist Landscape in Oil” – 2001 & “Impressionist Painting Made Easy” – 2009. These books and my DVD’s are both sought after by collectors, artists and libraries nationally and internationally.
My aim is to share my knowledge and joy of painting with like-minded artist’s world-wide. Throughout my career I have been blessed to be able to share this wonderful artistic journey with my wife and 2 sons.
This journey is ongoing and I look forward to each time I return to my easel.