Alastair Proud was born in Dublin in 1954. From a very early age he had a keen interest in nature and painting; some of Alastair's bird paintings were shown on his favourite television programme 'Amuigh faoin spéir' when he was 11 years old. Having completed his schooling at St. Andrews College, Dublin he went to Britain and then to Art College in Wales. While at College he submitted work which was selected for The Society of Wildlife Artists annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries London. Alastair became a full member of the society in 1985 and has exhibited with them for over 30 years.
In 1990 Alastair was commissioned to paint all the birds of prey and owls of the British Isles for a book published in 1991 by David and Charles. Such was the success of this book that a further book on wildfowl was commissioned and published the following year. Some of the other titles that have Alastair's paintings in them include 'Drawn to the Forest', published by The Wildlife Art Gallery in 2000, and 'The Woodcock, artists impressions', published by Swan Hill Press in 2006. Alastair's paintings can be found in private collections worldwide including over 40 paintings in the collections of Royalty.