Born near Inverness, Charlie Baird studied at the Instituto Allende, Mexico,Wimbledon School of Art and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. He relies on a variety of sources culled from the distillation and distortion of memory to convey a place or a specific time. For example, from childhood or from places he has visited and travelled to and Dorset where he now lives. Accidents and tangents occur while painting. These often result in a mixing of figurative and more abstracted images to convey a mood, using colour, tone and form.