For more than twenty years, Alan worked as a successful sculptor, mainly in wood. As one of Scotland's foremost woodcarvers, he tackled many subjects using all kinds of native hardwoods. One of his best loved works is 'Tam and Meg' - from the poem by Robert Burns - a life size carving specially commissioned for the Tam o' Shanter Experience in Alloway but now on display at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park.
When the onset of arthritis made his huge, trademark carvings impractical, he began painting and illustrating in acrylics. Now he concentrates on charming and unusual Lowryesque works, often exploring the history of the traditional Scottish relationship with urban and rural settings, with seaside holidays and pastimes.. A fellow artist has described them as a cross between 'Arthur Rackham and Indian Art.'
He loves to explore figures in a colourful landscape. Vivid colour fascinates him, as do figures moving and interacting within bright seascapes, city parks and so on. The potential for a kind of storytelling within the picture - what has happened before, what might occur after - also interests him enormously. More recently, he has begun decorating small 'found' pieces of vintage furniture in traditional folk art style. A range of hand painted Scottish stone paperweights is also available.