Alexander (Sandy) was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland. After a variety of jobs he became a professional artist in 1988. His early years were spent mostly in the countryside of the west coast of Scotland in the company of “Auld Men” with their flat caps and woodbines, whose characters make up a large part of his work. Today he lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and is equally happy to paint the beauty of the Northumberland landscape and at the same time capture the atmosphere of the industrial scenes of the North such as Wallsend, Byker and Scotswood, not to mention his “Ad Gadgies” as they have now become. These local scenes are highly prized by a number of “personalities” from the Newcastle area. Chas Chandler, record producer and ex Animals bass player said “these paintings capture so well the atmosphere of this old town you can almost smell and taste it”. Novelist Denise Robertson and fashion designer Jean Muir are also collectors of his work. To the envy of many artists, Alexander is completely self taught, glad to have had the experience teach him what and how to paint. His experience is put to good use as he regularly gives demonstrations to help others develop their own styles. These have led to a few appearances both in regional and national TV. His paintings are much sought after and are exhibited widely across the UK and also in such countries as the USA, Canada, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.