Stenton Gallery - Tom Watt


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Born in Montrose in 1951, Tom studied drawing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1971 to 1975, under Philipson, Peploe, Cumming and Michie. After gaining a qualification in 1978, he followed a career in teaching, ultimately working as Head of Art at James Gillespie's High School in Edinburgh. During this time most of his paintings were commissioned pieces. Now, however, Tom devotes himself entirely to painting. A well-known exhibitor at Stenton, even his smaller images seem to arrest the eye from a distance.

Tom has always been fascinated by the effect of light and colour on his surroundings. His subjects include the small fishing villages of Fife, the canals of Venice, the Tuscan and Gascon countryside. Now, since settling with his family in the south-west of France, he is absorbing and responding to the warmer dappled sunlight around him in the harbours of the Mediterranean and the easy-going outdoor life of the local people. Full of acute observation these images capture an atmospheric warmth.

Tom's paintings are to be found in the collections of The Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, West Lothian District Council, the Sutherland Regional Authority, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Boland Limited, as well as many private collections throughout the UK, France, Germany and Canada.