Born in 1952, Charles Simpson attended Glasgow School of Art in the early 1970s. After graduation with a degree in graphic design he worked as a designer in Edinburgh. In 1990 he left full time employment and moved to the Scottish Borders to work as a freelance designer and artist. He had taken up recreational painting in a small way in his mid thirties and had his first gallery show in 1990. In 1999 he gave up his design work and began painting full-time. Painting has been his sole income since then.
In Edinburgh he was fortunate to eventually show at Bourne Fine Art for ten years and then moved to The Scottish Gallery with his first solo show there in 2015. Over the years he has also shown regularly in London and the Cotswolds. He has several works in the collection of Royal Bank of Scotland as well as those of M&G, Walter Scott, Baillie Gifford and Arisaig Partners.
“I am what might be described as a traditional landscape painter in that I am interested in a fairly faithful depiction of nature rather than a more creative or expressive interpretation. But it is the application of paint itself that is my chief interest along with composition, mood and atmosphere. I am passionate about the Scottish landscape, particularly the north west coast and islands, and I have found it the ideal subject matter for me in expressing my interest in paint and purposeful mark making.”