Robert was born in 1950 at Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. He studied at Eastbourne and Maidstone Colleges of Art, graduating in 1971 with a Diploma in Art and Design in Graphics.
Robert works mainly in woodcut and oils. His earlier woodcuts were printed in black and hand-coloured with watercolour, whilst more recent ones involve the cutting and printing of a separate block for each colour.
His subjects are mainly wildlife, domestic animals, and landscape. He places great emphasis upon observing and sketching in the field and his watercolours are frequently made directly from life. This approach lends a lively spontaneity and authenticity to the work, which is often difficult to achieve in the studio.
Robert was elected a Member of the Society of Wildlife Artists 1981 and a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1982. The book Twentieth Century Wildlife Artists (1986, Croom Helm) and Modern Wildlife Painting (1998, Pica Press) by Nicholas Hammond, contain features on Robert's work, and further examples have appeared in approximately 30 other publications.
He is a member of a group known as the Artists for Nature Foundation which is a charity formed in 1991 to focus attention on threatened areas of the world.
For four years, from 1993, Robert visited the Parc des Ecrins in the French Alps as Artist in Residence and his work has been exhibited at the Maison du Parc in Vallouise. In 1999 he was commissioned to provide illustrations of birds for their Atlas of the Invertebrates of the Parc des Ecrins.
He has also had work hung in the Summer Show at the Royal Academy on several occasions. His work is in public and private collections throughout the world.
Robert has written a book: Towards the Sea, an illustrated diary of his work throughout a typical year. This was published by Pica Press (now an imprint of Bloomsbury) in Autumn 1999 and is still in print.
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