About Alistair

Alistair Swatridge - Acrylic Artist


When a man makes his life at sea,


He is no longer fit to live on land. 


At sea, life is different.

Time doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment.

They live by the currents, plan by the tides,

And follow the sun. 

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds you in its net forever.  


Alistair having spent over 30 years in a career at sea, is now retired.

He is a Associate Member of Visual Artists Ireland.


Following his retirement, he and and his wife moved from their house onto a narrowboat to live. After 5 years, of exploring the rivers and canals of the British waterways they decided to move their boat to Ireland, to explore the Erne, and Shannon Waterways of Ireland. Having fallen totally in love, with all aspects of Ireland, they have settled down on the border of Northern Ireland, using this as a base to explore more of this beautiful island and its wonderful coastline.


Having started painting after he retired, he is self taught, and experimented with watercolours before moving to Acrylics. He was fortunate to sell some early paintings from an online exhibition site, but it is only recently that he has been able to take his painting more seriously and develop a unique and personal style with Acrylic. 


Ireland with its wonderful lakes rivers and coastline has allowed him to utilise his hobby to specialise in seascapes, which is fulfilling more and more of his own time.

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