Douglas J Heggie was born in Greenock in 1950. After attending Greenock High School, he studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1968-72 where he graduated in drawing and painting. He then attended Jordanhill College of Education and after graduating took up at his old school, Greenock High.
In December 1974 he moved to Banff Academy where he was promoted to Senior Teacher in 1988. In 1990 he was appointed Head of Art and Design at Keith Grammar School.
For a long time teaching took over from painting but now he wants to re-address the balance and concentrate more time on painting. As he says ‘it’s good that pupils see that we can do it ourselves and we practice what we preach.’
This lead to host his own exhibition in Edinburgh in June 2010.
Over the years he has exhibited in many places including the Royal Scottish Academy summer exhibitions and at Duff House in Banff. His work can be also find in several galleries and in collections from USA to New Zealand.
‘Currently, my work is influenced by the seascapes and landscapes of the North East exploring a mixture of random and controlled effects of paint in order to represent realism through texture and colour.’