Alec was born in Greenock and currently lives in the village of Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire. He manages to juggle being a glass artist, a painter, a musician, a dad, a husband and a lecturer in Architectural Glass at Edinburgh College of Art!
Since graduating from ECA in 1996 with an honours and subsequent masters degree he has worked under the company banner of Cara Stained Glass. The studio was set up in 1996 to accommodate his first large scale glass commission and the practice has grown to be one of the most highly respected glass studios in the country.
Between 1997 and 2000 Alec worked as manager of Glass Effects, the largest commercial glass studio in Dubai UAE. Commissions in the Middle East followed in Oman, Bahrain, UAE and Saudi Arabia, however the lure of Scotland became too great and he returned to re-establish Cara in 2000.
Whilst continuing to work in the field of glass he has managed to keep the practice of drawing and painting alive and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Middle East.
In 2009 he was declared one of the four prizewinners in the prestigious Aspect Prize, one of the countries largest independent art prizes. This has pushed much of his painting work to the fore and ignited an interest in his canvas based works from galleries and collectors around the UK.
His timetable is now split between working on glass commissions and painting, and there are several major works planned for 2011, including his solo exhibition "Migration of Souls" which runs from March to May 2011 at the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock.
A selection of works may be viewed in the Gallery.