Coming from a theatrical background Hamish’s childhood home was a place where extraordinary things happened, an environment where he and his brothers seemed bound to do something unusual. Hamish is very grateful for that.
Hamish sees drawing as the original expression. At a young age this led to him drawing an awful lot, trying to emulate other artists, to understand how they created what they did; but sketching it was and remained to be, until he found the mettle to use colour.
Before studying at Wimbledon School of Art and Kingston University, Hamish had lived in the world of black and white, prior to making himself paint - all exuberant enthusiasm and no clear direction finally making a breakthrough when he was 18 years old. This was the first time he had made a painting so serious, with no experimentation, just care and an urgent responsibility to get it right. It was a portrait of his dad that was the turning point, It was no longer a case of just loving painting, but realising that he could be good at it.
From this point on it changed everything for Hamish. Painting replaced drawing completely, committing to the use of colour, he went on to painting immediately, considering preparatory sketches unnecessary.
“A painting should grab the viewer without an essay or speech, leaving further explanation supplementary rather than vital. Where possible, my own thoughts should recede to allow space for the views of the audience”