Imag-In-A Dream 750 Piece Puzzle – Grandfathers Chest by Artist Colin Thompson Description
From the artists web site – I was born in Ealing, London on October 18th 1942 – so now I am 68!! Until I was eleven my name wasn’t Colin Thompson it was Colin Willment. Willment was my father’s name and my mother changed it to Thompson when she married my stepfather. I went to boarding school in Yorkshire, grammar school in West London and spent two years at art school in Ealing and Hammersmith where, to my dismay, I met people who could draw much better than I could. I met my first wife at art school and not long after, met my first daughter, Charlotte.I have worked as a silk-screen printer, a graphic designer, a stage manager in the theatre but never as a lumberjack in Canada or a sailor on a tramp-steamer in the South Seas. I studied film making for a year, got married for the second time and worked for a while making documentaries at the BBC. I now have five grandchildren Ella 27, Duncan 25 and Ruth 21 who are Charlotte’s children. Then there’s Walter who was born in January 2006 but is actually 324 years old. Walter is Alice’s son and September 2007 he got a baby brother called Donald. In 1990 I started writing and illustrating children’s books and had my first book published in March 1991. So this yearby it’s 20 years and I’ve hadthe end of 2008 will have had over 60 books published. Since then I have never looked back or even sideways. I have always believed in the magic of childhood and think that if you get your life right that magic should never end. I feel that if a children’s book cannot be enjoyed properly by adults there is something wrong with either the book or the adult reading it. This of course, is just a smart way of saying I don’t want to grow up. My favourite fruit is cherries and my favourite music is Rock and Roll and old Blues records and I am now an Australian citizen. I am left-handed and colour-blind.