Throughout six decades of painting, Colburn’s art moved progressively toward ever freer expression in his response to nature, the still life, and the human figure. He was an active member of the artistic community on the Monterey Peninsula, teaching extensively, executing public murals, and exhibiting regularly in local galleries and regional museums. He was for many years the art columnist for The Carmel Pine Cone and author of the book, Tales from the Taxicab, a selection of reminiscences about life in Carmel. A witty raconteur and highly social, Colburn was once described as an "artist-teacher-character-taxi driver-famous hat rack." To that must be added violinist, guitarist, avid golfer, and well-loved Peninsula figure, who had a significant impact on the cultural and social life of the region.