Artist / Surgeon

My name is Alastair Faulkner and I’m an artist based on the foothills of the gorgeous Ochil Hills in Scotland. My day job is slightly different as I’m a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from The University of Edinburgh in 2012 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS) in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2023. I currently work in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

As a largely self-taught artist, my last art qualification was a GCSE in Art and Design at Secondary School obtained in 2004. After pursuing photography for many years I returned to painting in 2016 and started capturing scenes around Scotland, particularly at the extremes of the day and at night. I also enjoy the challenge of painting portraits and attempting to capture a likeness.

I have received a number of commissions from clients within the UK and abroad including Dubai, Hong Kong,  and the USA. In September 2018 I undertook a portrait and figurative painting course at the prestigious Florence Academy of Art in Italy and have been published in the World of Interiors Magazine. I have also featured on the Stories section of the V&A Dundee website in the article “Making V&A Dundee: An artist’s museum”.

I became a member of the Scottish Society of Artists in 2020. My painting “Trauma” painted during the COVID-19 pandemic has been featured on numerous online and print media including the BBC and the book “Portraits for NHS Heroes” printed by Bloomsbury. It is currently on display at the Surgeon’s Hall Museum, Edinburgh.

I competed in the 2018 series of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and was the featured artist in Season 3, episode 1 of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Week. My “Self Portrait in Green Scrubs” featured in the 2018 series is part of the Portrait Artist of the Year: The Exhibition at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in 2022.

I have several philanthropic ventures and have donated several of my works towards charity auctions including Horatio’s Garden and World Orthopaedic Concern. I also support Young Lives vs Cancer.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I have producing it! For more information on my art or to commission a work drop me a line at or read my blog “Bones and Brushes” for updates.