Born in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire in 1949, Robert worked in the Structural Engineering field as a Computer Aided Design Manager until 1992 when he moved to Whitby, North Yorkshire and became a full time painter.
Working in Watercolour, Oil, and Pastel, Robert's inspiration is the challenge of capturing light and atmosphere in a contemporary impressionistic style.
He paints, mainly landscape and coastal scenery, around his home in North Yorkshire, and on his annual trip to Venice. Other places of inspiration have been Cornwall, the South Coast, Wales, Scotland, Greece, France & India.
In 1993 Robert exhibited for the first time with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and in November 1997 he was elected a member and was subsequently featured on Tyne Tees Television's "A Day In The Life Of ..." series.
He is the current Archivist for the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Robert's first book, entitled 'Painting Boats & Coastal Scenery' was published by Crowood Press in August 2009, 'Painting in Pastel's in September 2010 and 'Painting Landscapes in Oils' published in February 2012.
His work has been featured in several publications, including The Artist, The Artist & Illustrator, Pratique des Arts, Yorkshire Life, Yorkshire Today, 'How to paint Watercolour Landscapes from Photographs' and the Dalesman to name a few.
Robert has instructional DVDs produced by Townhouse Films; 'Successful Summer Landscapes In Watercolour', 'Painting Atmospheric Watercolour Landscapes', 'Oil Sketching On Location' and 'Atmospheric Coastal Watercolour Landscape'.
His 'One Man Exhibition' is held in his home town of Whitby, annually at the end of May.
Robert paints mainly landscape and coastal scenery in three mediums: watercolour, oil and pastel. Working in these materials provides him with regular changes of stimulus, which he feels is vital to his development as a painter. Wherever possible Robert works directly from the subject, developing studio paintings from small paintings, sketches, drawings and photographic reference.
Robert's studio watercolours are developed in a traditional way by firstly establishing an overall diffused wash. He then works from light to dark, gradually building up the image.
Robert's oil paintings are all painted ‘alla prima’, completed in one session, with the exception of small adjustments after reflection. They are painted on pre-prepared boards treated with texture paste and a suitably tinted ground.
His pastel paintings are always painted on black or grey, fine grade sandpaper, working from dark to light, gradually developing the painting.
1949 Born on 11 February in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire
1997 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2007 Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend
2003 Sarah Samuels, Chester
1995 Annual Exhibition, Whitby
1994 Yorkshire Watercolour Society, House of Commons, London
'Painting Boats and Coastal Scenery' - 2009
'Painting in Pastels' - 2010
'Painting Landscapes in Oils' - 2012
'How to Paint Watercolour Landscapes from Photographs' (Readers Digest)
'The Artist & Illustrator'
'Pratique des Arts'
'Painting Atmospheric Watercolour Landscapes' - DVD
'Successful Summer Watercolour Landscapes' - DVD
'Oil Sketching on Location' - DVD