Alan Wylie was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1938. In 1960, he graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Mural Design and Mosaics. He immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1967 and began a career as a full-time artist and teacher. In 1974, he moved to British Columbia and now lives in the historic village of Fort Langley with his artist wife, Janice Robertson.
Throughout his career, Alan has participated in over 60 solo and innumerable group exhibitions, and has won many prestigious awards in Canada and the United States, including the Spillsbury Gold Medal (twice) of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, the Grand Prize at the First Annual On The Edge International Exhibition in Canada, the Gold Medal of the California Watercolor Association, San Francisco, the Rouse Gold Medallion at the Adirondacks International Exhibition of American Watercolors, New York, the High Winds Medal (twice) and the CFS Medal at the American Watercolor Society, New York.
He is a Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists (CIPA), the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) the California Watercolor Association (CWA), the Louisiana Watercolor Society (LWS), and a Dolphin Fellow ( the first Canadian to achieve this distinction ) of the American Watercolor Society (AWS., d.f.)
Alan is also a noted mural and mosaic artist, with forty-four completed works in Scotland, Canada and the United States.