Writer, historian and painter, Alasdair is based in Sydney but thrives on any chance to get away from the city and indulge his fascination with wild places. He has been lucky enough to paint and write about areas as diverse as Antarctica, northern Australia and Borneo, with Antarctica being a persistent theme.
His Antarctic travels go back to 1983 and a mountaineering expedition to Heard Island, with later summers spent at Cape Denison working on the conservation of the historic huts from Douglas Mawson’s 1911-14 Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Over the past 15 years, Alasdair has worked as a field guide and lecturer on expedition cruises to Antarctica, the islands of the Southern Ocean, and the Kimberley.
While Alasdair trained as an architect, his professional and creative interests have ranged widely – from natural history and the environment, to architecture, design and the history of exploration. He is the author, co-author or editor of a number of books and several have been shortlisted for major literary prizes. Grand Obsessions: The life and work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin won the 2011 National Biography Award.
In shorter forms, Alasdair is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic. He has staged numerous exhibitions of his paintings and his work hangs in corporate and public collections in Australia and overseas. Alasdair always relishes a return to the Kimberley, in many ways the place where it all began. His first two books were The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone and Australia’s Wild Islands, both co-authored with Quentin Chester. Each was a great adventure, full of the spirit of the north.