Iain was born and brought up in North East Scotland, and went to University in Edinburgh. He then worked as a doctor in the Royal Navy Medical Service from 1972 – 1993, working in various ships, RNH Plymouth and RNH Gibraltar, as well as secondments to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool.
On leaving the service he joined the NHS as a Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine at Derriford Hospital Plymouth where he still works part time. For most of this time he has also led the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit.
He has been “playing” with various painting media for what seems like a long time, as a way of relaxing during a busy working life. Initially self taught he has been inspired by many artists, but in watercolour especially by Ted Wesson, David Curtis, and David Bellamy. Some workshops with John Hoar succeeded in loosening his painting. He has also had lots of practical help from Rob and Sian Dudley of Moor to Sea Arts in Ivybridge, and thinks he is getting better at making the finished painting look more like what was in his head when he started.
Interest in the world around him, and travel, has led to particular subjects in landscape, seascape and cities featuring in his portfolio of paintings.
He is still learning and experimenting but gradually a style of his own is emerging. He says he would probably get bored painting the same things in the same way all the time.
He has been a member of the Buckland Art Group for 5 years. He has exhibited at Buckland Monachorum, at Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge, and at Duchy Arts Centre, Princetown. He has undertaken commissioned work.
Original paintings and some prints are available direct from Iain or through some West Country galleries.