Alistair’s Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers were fishermen, sailing from Cockenzie, Port Seton and Fisherrow in the old type of fishing boats, Zulus, Fifies and Drifters. His Grandmother was a fishwife who in her youth worked the "herring" following the fishing fleet who were following the shoals. Alistair draws inspiration from these roots and his love of the sea where he sails as often time will allow.
Alistair has exhibited work at various venues throughout Scotland and his beloved East Lothian.
In 2003 he opened his own gallery at 9 Viewforth, The Harbour, Port Seton. As the name suggests, the gallery overlooks the picturesque harbour and beyond that is a panoramic view across the Forth. The harbour path is part of The John Muir Way and nearby villages are steeped in history with interesting buildings dating from the 16 th century.
Alistair exhibits not only his own work, but also a wide range of works by Scottish artists. The exhibitions cover a wide range of mediums, including paintings, photography, three dimensional work and prints.