Having studied art at college for seven years, four years of which was painting/drawing and three years Technical Illustration, Alistair Butt went into adverting for 20 years working as graphic designer and illustrator while producing paintings in his spare time. 

In recent years, Alistair's paintings have been included in the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, in London. In 2007 Alistair was elected an Associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. In 2008, he won The Ranelagh Press Award, the first time it was awarded at the RSMA, with one of his watercolour paintings.   In 2009 Alistair was elected a full member of the RSMA. He has also shown work at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour's (RI) exhibitions and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) exhibitions, both at the Mall Galleries, London. He has been a finalist in the RI Young Artist Award at The Mall Galleries, London.