David Hay

I live and paint in the Scottish Borders village of Yetholm and my paintings relate mostly to the local landscape but also to travel and places remembered.

Sources are environmental, natural or built and often beautiful but sometimes disturbing and threatening.

Atmosphere and the effect of changing light on the mood of my subjects are of great interest to me.

I use a water based underpainting then work and rework the painting with glazes of colour until the image becomes established.


Graduated from the School of Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art in 1970. Tutors included William Gillies, Robin Philipson, John Houston and Elizabeth Blackadder.

Teacher of Art & Design from 1971.

Principal Teacher in Kelso High School from 1978 until retirement in 2008. Teaching commitments included work as SQA Examiner, Regional Trainer for Art & Design in Scottish Borders schools, Subject Adviser to the General Teaching Council in Scotland and Associate Assessor with HMIE.

Became a Professional Member of Visual Arts Scotland in 2006.