I have always from a very young age spontaneously produced drawings and paintings. One of my earliest memories was when I was four years old, and I was lying on my bed thinking that the wall in front of me looked so bare. As I had recently been given some crayons, I proceeded to deliriously draw an abstract mural. As you can imagine my parents were not best pleased with my first artistic endeavours, as they had to set about repainting the walls! At school I did Art as an A-level, and then studied Architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
I worked at The University of Warwick for five years, as the in-house University Architect, up until 2014. This experience I found fantastic and a privilege, but I started to miss the artistic creativity, because my role became more of a Project Manager than as a creative designer. I therefore made the very difficult decision to leave the University and find a better outlet for my talents.
My efforts to find a more creative role in an architectural practice proved unfruitful, so I set myself up as an artist, and returned to what I am passionate about, which is painting.
I am also an author, having published an autofiction book in 2020, entitled 'Annus Dramaticus in 2014CE', about real life events that occurred to me the writer of the book. I experienced a psychotic episode and went on a big, crazy adventure, but had genuine clarity of mind and insight into my condition, due to having a well-established daily meditation practice besides other factors. For more information check out my Facebook Page: Alastair Gamble - Author