Brought up in Dorset and Hampshire, much of Alistair’s inspiration comes from family holidays spent in the West Country, East Anglia, France and Scotland. He is most drawn to working as directly as possible with nature.
That enables his small scale works to have a power of observation that interprets nature in its truest form. With a driving ambition to convey mood or a sense of place his work draws heavily on light and tone. His early work was pure in terms of representation of nature with little reference to the human. He has a passion for fishing and has painted from the banks of his favourite rivers, capturing the subtlety of light and shade of the Chalke streams of Hampshire and Wiltshire. Perhaps the artist’s most surprising oevre are the bold still life pictures which draw on his Scottish roots and admiration of the Scottish colourists, with blocked colour and strong outlines.
When not painting, Alistair works as a freelance decorative artist. He continues to work on a wide range of conventional and contemporary projects, alongside many internationally renowned interior designers.