Colin Hitchmough was born in 1943 in Widnes, England, where he lived until 1967. He studied Fine Art at Liverpool College of Art from 1963 to 1967, and at Birmingham College of Art from 1967 to 1968. After leaving college he lived and worked in Rugby for three years and then in Leamington Spa until 2009. For most of this time he taught at Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa, running the Foundation Course in Art and Design for many years, and then teaching on the Fine Art Degree Course at Leamington and the University of Central England. He is married with two sons. He and his wife are now living on the West Sussex coast.