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David Fallows - Artist

David Fallows was born in Oldham, Manchester in 1948. His family moved to the Wirral in 1958 and he attended Park High School, Birkenhead for a time, where he was trained in oil painting by the then head art teacher at the school, and also attended Saturday art classes at the Birkenhead School of Art. He sold his first painting at the age of 12, and has painted ever since, though not always on a full time basis. Moving north in 1962 his education continued at Forres Academy, leading to an abortive year at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, then a five year term in air traffic control the Royal Air Force - at this time he painted a series of oil paintings of the aircraft that had been based at RAF Shawbury in the base's history. Leaving the RAF he joined the Highlands and Islands Development Board working in Cartography and Graphic Design before moving into the computer industry when computers in business were still something of a novelty. Throughout this time he continued to paint on a semi professional basis, still largely in Oils.

A burgeoning career in computing took him through programming and systems analysis to project management, including installation of systems for the Financial Times, the Port of London Authority and the then Her Majesty's Customs and Excise (now HM Revenue and Customs) before specialising in Electronic Data Interchange and representing UK interests in EC and United Nations Committees on the subject. During this time, his painting emphasis turned increasingly to Watercolour and he also began to develop techniques with pastel. Giving up the high flying career, he moved north, to Newtonmore in 1990 where with his wife he set up Newtonmore Craft Centre and Gallery and turned on a more full time basis to painting, whilst running the shop. From 2000 to 2006 he was asked by the makers of the hit TV series 'Monarch of the Glen', which was filmed mostly around Laggan and Newtonmore, to paint the material used as the work of 'Molly MacDonald' in the series, played by Susan Hampshire. Having been elected to the Highland Council in 2007, and subsequently appointed also to the board of the Cairngorms National Park, in early 2008, he and his wife gave up the shop and after a brief stay in Dulnain Bridge, returned to Newtonmore

His work is now in private collections in over forty four countries including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, The USA, Canada, Thailand, France, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa and Argentina. A recent attempt to 'count back' through the number of original works sold throughout his lifetime revealed that the figure is now somewhere over a thousand.

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