William Dobbie was born in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city; world famous for its shipbuilding. Growing up here on the banks of the River Clyde, where the Queen Mary and the most famous tall ship of all, the Cutty Shark were built, he found himself in love with and inspired by a rich maritime heritage.
His artistic abilities were recognised while he was still at school where he won gold and silver medals in national art competitions: graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in the late 1970's. From there, his international reputation as an artist of great renown was further confirmed when he was designated Official Artist of the Cutty Shark Tall Ships Race at Greenock, Scotland 1999.
This event proved to be both a considerable artistic success for William Dobbie, as well as a source of inspiration.
Following this success, he travelled to Boston, New England in the summer of 2000.
His oil on canvas - Tall Ships at the Port of Boston July 2000 - confirmed his reputation as one of the world's leading landscape artists. As with all of his works, his attention to detail and feeling for the subject attracted considerable critical acclaim.
The artist is a good friend of LEAP Gallery's owner and has been producing beautiful landscapes of the local area since 2004.
For people familiar with his work, a visit to our collection will confirm what they already know: that whatever the subject, William Dobbie brings to it a unique blend of talent, insight and interpretation. If you are new to his work - welcome and be prepared to be engaged and impressed.