At the age of 28 he was appointed Principal Teacher of Art at Lochaber High School, a position he was to hold until his retirement from teaching. During these 32 years the Department was highly regarded, not only for having some of the largest presentations in Scotland, but also for its exceptional pass rate at all levels and the quality of much of the students’ work. At this time statistical studies into further education patterns showed more students from Lochaber High School entering into Art and Design courses than in any other sphere of activity.
Pivotal to his activities as a teacher was the belief in the importance of precept example and demonstration. Consequently, the importance of maintaining and enhancing his own skills through his own painting have always been integral to his life. Alistair has exhibited and painted private Commissions & Sales successfully in the North and West of Scotland, U.K. and elsewhere in the world. He recently won The Alba Room Competition for The Royal College of GPs in London. Subsequently, he was commissioned for a painting of Dr. Lachlan Grant for The Royal College of GPs in Edinburgh.
His paintings are currently exhibiting in Crannog Restaurant Fort William