Born in 1949 Sam skelton grew up in the industrial town, Kirkintilloch, where his father worked at the local foundry.
Sam studied Graphic design at glasgow school of art and made a career from his education. Only after demand for his paintings grew did he become a professional artist and devote his time to painting.
His memories of the industrial environment in Kirkintilloch have evidently influenced his art work. His subject matter is described as nostalgic evocations of scotland’s industrial past. His work has been compared to the celebrated english artist L.S. Lowry who similarly depicted the low light of winter in the north, factory rooves on the horizon and tableaus of casual daily life. Sam’s signature use of rough hessian canvas and the simplified shapes of the scenes he depicts creates a warming sense of community and mundanity in the urban environment.
Skelton has exhibited in Glasgow, London and Dublin.