Born in Kirkcaldy in Fife, Alan was brought up in Aberdeen where he also went to university. After leaving full-time study he worked abroad for many years in community development and with social and community owned enterprises. Alan has always been interested in painting, drawing and sculpture and has followed various courses with the Open College of the Arts, the continuing education programme at Edinburgh College of Art, part-time study at Leith School of Art and with other art tutors. He is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists and has exhibited widely in Scotland and internationally. He is based in Edinburgh and has a studio at St Margaret’s House on London Road.