Originally from Cumbria, Colette Bain is a self-taught artist. After gaining a degree in Philosophy and training as a primary teacher, Colette drew and painted in her spare time, but in 2008, she made the decision to focus more seriously upon her artistic practice. Since then, Colette has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
"The whole process is one of open discovery. Papier-mâché, with its echoes of childhood creative play, is ideal for this process. It also allows me to use text - reflecting the stories I hope may be ‘read’ from my pieces."Working in an intuitive 'organic' fashion, Colette will often draw inspiration from the existing pattern on a tin to develope a piece. "The dove (above) seemed very appropriate for the worn black art nouveau tin it is placed in."
I'm out every day in all weathers walking him. Inevitably, I’m influenced by what I see around me. Woodland animals and designs that incorporate trees or leaves quite often feature in my work. I’m trying to learn to identify different birdsong and so birds are cropping up more."