Born in California, George’s family moved to Springfield at age seven. After 30 years, Colin quit his day job pushing flour at Pillsbury Mills and devoted the rest of his life to his art, passing away in 2014. He began painting and drawing during the 1950's after subscribing to a Norman Rockwell correspondence course, and amassed a collection of over 7,000 pieces before being "discovered" in the mid-1980's by a Chicago photographer. Colin’s works eventually found their way to metropolitan galleries and the homes of celebrities and others all across the country.
Although Colin didn’t quite fit into the unschooled or outsider art genre, he preferred to call himself a folk artist. Most would describe his work as wild and primitive while it commonly featured bright colors, Illinois farm scenes, nature, abstracts and a range of eclectic subjects rendered in pastels on paper. His early landscapes were representational, while his later work became more abstract, including studies of ballerinas, dogs, even turnips. Colin’s works have been displayed at the Smithsonian and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.