Colin Garland (1935-2007) was born in Sydney, Australia in the midst of the Great Depression. His mother encouraged him to enter art competitions and he used his prize money to buy more art materials. He studied fine art at the National School of Art in Sydney but often worked in theatre as a performer, costume designer and set builder. He later went to England to continue his studies.
In 1962, he joined the Jamaica School of Art, now Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as a teacher and stayed for nearly two decades before retiring to St. Mary.