IAN MASTIN was born in Leicestershire in 1949. His family subsequently emigrated and he grew up in Queensland, Australia. Ian had no involvement with art as a child and it was only in the mid 1980s that he began to sketch for recreation. He had an obvious gift and was invited to exhibit his work in a Brisbane gallery where he first experienced success. In 1991 he returned to Britain with his Scottish-born wife and their children and settled in East Lothian. It was here that he picked up a paintbrush for the first time and after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, he committed himself to painting full-time.