Colley Whisson was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1966 and raised in semi rural surrounds.
“I have always felt I was a painter of light, but now believe if my paintings are to succeed I need to be a good painter of shadows as well. When I am on my travels searching for painting subjects, the signal that tells me I have discovered something worthwhile is when I am so captivated by the scene that recording my response to it is more important than anything else. At that moment, nothing else matters. But it doesn’t have to be a direct response to the landscape that captivates and inspires me. It can be anything. It can be music playing in the studio. For instance, ever since I was a kid I’ve loved the music of Roy Orbison. When I play his records in and hear him sing, I believe my fascination with his voice propels my work to greater heights. Love, in whatever form, can be an enchanted moment that helps me when I paint. It might be remembering the first time I saw my wife’s face in the crowd or the smile on my sons’ faces…it can be an innocent or everyday thing that lifts my work to another level. Once you understand how your mind works you will see that there is more to painting than making a straightforward technical response. Better paintings begin when you are totally captivated by the subject.”