His paintings break records at auction and he is one of the biggest names on the international art scene, yet Peter Doig has never worked on a major series of paintings about Scotland.

Now the artist, who is based in Trinidad and New York but was born to Scottish parents in Edinburgh in 1959, has revealed plans to paint his homeland for the first time.

The painter, whose work The Architect's Home In The Ravine was sold by Christie's for £6.8 million, said he has been inspired by a recent holiday in Mull.

He also spoke about the "crazy" prices being fetched by his works at auction: more than 20 of his paintings, largely landscapes, have sold for more than £1.5m.

His first major show in Scotland, No Foreign Lands at the National Galleries of Scotland, which opens next weekend, showcases works created during the past ten years, much of which the artist spent in Trinidad.

Doig is mainly known for his haunting landscapes inspired by the island country and Canada.

Of Mull, he said: "I was astounded by how beautiful it was. The water was just the colour of [mineral water] and I just had to go in, but it was absolutely freezing. Imagine if the water was warm – Mull would be the most populated place on Earth."

He adds: "I was just thinking: 'I could do some paintings of this,' and at some stage I think I probably will.

"I genuinely think the answer is yes, but I don't know when. I have known about Mull since I was a child – one of my dad's best friends had a place there, and I always had this idea of what it was like. I just thought it was an extraordinary place. When I look at that, I think it is very paintable. I photographed it a lot."

He also reminisces about his many childhood holidays in Scotland, and his close familial link to the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow.

Doig spent the first year of his life in Edinburgh before his family moved to Trinidad. In 1966, they moved again, to Canada. He returned to the UK, to London, in 1979 and in the early 1980s studied at Wimbledon School of Art and Central Saint Martins.

A move to Montreal followed in 1986, three years later he returned to London and in 2002 went back to Trinidad. He also spends time in Germany, where he is a professor at the fine arts academy in Dusseldorf.