Jack Vettriano was born in Fife in 1951. He took up painting as a hobby in his twenties and his earliest images were copies or pastiches of impressionist paintings. Jack's breakthrough year was 1988 when he submitted two canvases for the Royal Scottish Academy annual show. Both paintings sold on the first day and he was approached by several galleries who wanted to sell his other work. The success and attention contributed to the breakdown of his first marriage and he moved to Edinburgh. A string of successful exhibitions followed in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and New York.