Jack Vettriano left school at fifteen to become a mining engineer. For his twenty-first birthday, a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolor paints and from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.
Over the last twenty years, interest in Vettriano’s work has grown consistently and his solo exhibitions have sold out in Edinburg, London, Hong Kong, and New York. In 2004, his best known painting, The Singing Butler, was sold for over one million dollars, and he was awarded an OBE for Services to the Visual Arts.
In 2008, Vettriano was commissioned to paint a portrait of Zara Phillips as part of a charity fundraising project for Sport Relief; the experience was captured in a documentary broadcast on BBC I. Vettriano currently divides his time between his homes in Fife, London, and Nice.