Born in St Andrews in 1957, Alan Watson studied painting and drawing at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (1976-80) and in 1981 was awarded both the RSA Travelling Scholarship and the Scottish Education Department Travelling Scholarship. He was subsequently granted a Scottish Artist Young Bursary Award to support his research into St Kilda's bird culture. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions throughout Scotland and in London. He has participated in group exhibitions internationally and his work is included in many public and private collections. He currently teaches Art and Design at Bell Baxter High School in Cupar and also tutors at Duncan of Jordanstone.
Greenhand is one of a series of drawings exploring 19th century whaling.