Frank Watson was born and educated in Glasgow. He attended Glasgow School of Art and graduated with a diploma in art and design. He now lives and works in the
village of Strathmiglo, Fife and has become well known as a townscape artist his
works are in many private collections both here in the UK and in Europe, America
I've had an interest in art life drawing and draughtsmanship since I was quite
young. I enjoyed drawing from life e.g. my own hands and facial features as well
as copying newspaper caricatures.
When I was about 13 I won a medal at the Glasgow School Children's art
competition and received my trophy at the City Chambers in Glasgow.
Aged about 17 I was selected to spend 2 weeks at Castle Howard near Dunoon.
This was an outdoor art course for Glasgow school kids who were showing some
potential in the subject. Shortly after this, I submitted a portfolio of work
including sculpture, drawing and painting and pottery for entrance to Glasgow
School of Art - the famous Macintosh building and was accepted for the diploma
course. For the next 4 years the subjects I studied were:
Drawing and painting
Interior design and decoration
Jewellery and silversmithing
After qualifying with a diploma I spent some time as a shopfitting designer and
went on later to work for a Glasgow architects office. Latterly, I
joined Scottish and Newcastle breweries as an interior designer and spent many
years in pub restaurant and hotel design
All during my professional career I continued to produce sketches and
paintings and spent more time doing so as I approached retirement. These days I
attend the craft fairs and have permanent shops in a number of hotels and
restaurants around Fife.