Colin Burns was born in 1944 in Norfolk, where he grew up in a seaside town. He began painting landscapes at sunsets at the age of nine and at age twelve, his parents moved to the middle of the countryside, encouraging his observation of the East Anglian flora and fauna, which in turn inspired his creative abilities to depict the natural landscape. His talent in art won him prizes at school, yet when he left school at sixteen, he worked as an accountant. However, this didn’t prevent him from painting in his spare time. In 1977, Burns held his first exhibition in London at the ‘Tryon Gallery’, featuring the East Anglian countryside and birds. In 1978, Burns left his accountancy job to pursue a professional career as an artist.
His medium varies from oil to watercolour, and is now noted as one of the most successful artists.
Christie’s, London now handles the majority of his works, selling in London, New York and Scotland.