Hamish studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Kingston University. Having lived in the world of black and white, he finally made himself paint - all exuberant enthusiasm and no clear direction. However he had a breakthrough when he was 18 years old. He had painted for some time by then, but this was the first time he had made a painting so seriously, with no experimentation, just care and an urgent responsibility to get it right, a portrait of his father. This was the turning point - it was no longer a case of just loving painting, but realising that he could be good at it. Painting replaced drawing completely and he now paints immediately, considering preparatory sketches unnecessary.