Andrew (Drew) Binnie
Drew Binnie was born in Port-Glasgow and attended Largs High School and Ardrossan Academy. He afterwards gained a Diploma in Art at the Glasgow School of Art and trained to be a teacher at Jordanhill College of Education. He did two years’ National Service as an Education Officer in the Royal Air Force. Married to Kathleen, a fellow student at Glasgow, they moved to the Scottish Borders in 1960 to teach. Drew was head of Art and Design at Earlston High School on his retirement. He has exhibited widely occasionally with his daughter, the water-colour painter Carol Binnie.
In 2007 Hawick Museum and Art Gallery staged a retrospective exhibition, featuring work over four decades including “House among Trees, Bowmont Valley” owned by HRH Duke of Edinburgh, which now hangs in the Royal apartments at Holyrood Palace. Drew paints mostly en plein air in oils in the Borders and further afield. He sometimes works in the studio from sketches concentrating more on pattern and colour in that context.