Charles Simpson was born in 1952 and trained at Glasgow School of Art. He now lives just outside the village of Clovenfords in the Scottish Borders.

As a landscape painter, the rough hill farm countryside immediately around his small cottage provides a regular supply of material, particularly when snow covers the winter landscape. Every year trips are taken to north-west coast and islands of Scotland — with particularly favourite locations being Iona & Mull, Durness, Achiltibuie, Wester Ross and Arisaig. The combination of stunning beaches, changing seas, distant islands and mountains, and large dramatic skies provides unique subject matter. He has been a full-time artist since 1999 and holds regular exhibitions in London and Edinburgh.


"Simpson has immense ability; he has found his subject, in the landscape of his adopted Borders and the ever changing light on the West Coast of Scotland. His work now has a confidence near to joy; he no longer has to look left or right or behind. The work sits happily in a landscape tradition which goes back in Scottish painting by way of Duncan Shanks to SJ Peploe and late-period William McTaggart. In British terms he has Edward Seago and Constable for antecedence but can stand up for himself."

Guy Peploe, The Scottish Gallery



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A Painter's Scotland
Favourite Places, Favourite Paintings

Charles Simpson

Paperback • 144 pages • £15

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"A full-time painter for almost two decades, Charles Simpson's native pull is expressed in his artwork and candid writing. Based in the Borders, he never lost his childhood enthusiasm for art and muses over the North West of Scotland, depicting the tranquil landscape of Iona, Mull, Achiltibuie, the Summer Isles and many more idylic locations. The easel becomes a window for expression as his readers imaginatively travel Scotland, guided by his words and paintings."

Scottish Field, July 2018


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