Brian was born in the Dumbrek area of Glasgow, his family later moving to Clarkston where he was educated at Williamwood and Eastwood high schools. It was the head of art at the former who encouraged Brian to develop his artistic talent.
Whilst most of Brian's pictures are watercolours he also does some work in acrylic, pencil and ink. However, watercolour is the medium he prefers, both because it has been the one material which has always been available to him over the years, and because he finds it lends itself best to the subjects he chooses to paint.
The majority of paintings Brian has produced since 1989 have been commissioned. He has held several very successful solo exhibitions in recent years. His work can be found in various galleries in West and Central Scotland.