Rob was born in South Africa to an English mother & South African father. He grew up in South Africa but after finishing his education travelled extensively receiving private tuition from various portrait painters in the USA & Europe as well as studying the techniques of traditional classical painting. He became a professional portrait painter at the age of 23 and since then has had a very fulfilling career spanning over 40 years. He has painted numerous portraits of people of all nationalities and received many commissions to paint dignitaries, CEOs and their spouses and children in countries such as the USA , Mauritius , Botswana , South Africa & the UK. He has also given live portrait demonstrations on TV shows in the USA , Mauritius & South Africa . More recently he has gained a considerable following on YouTube & regularly posts clips of recent demonstrations & trailers of his popular series of portrait tuition videos. He has also written articles for various art publications including The Artist (UK) , International Artist & The South African Artist magazines. He is also a founder member of The Artists Gallery, KZN, South Africa.
Rob currently divides his time between the UK and South Africa and is available for portrait commissions in both countries. He also produces a limited number of paintings for sale each year and these are available for purchase through his represented galleries in South Africa & the UK. Rob has become highly sort after as a demonstrator & tutor and spends a large part of the UK spring, summer & autumn demonstrating his skills at various art societies as well as hosting hands-on portrait painting workshops. His upcoming book on how to paint portraits in oils is due to be published in the UK in December 2020.
Past and current galleries and exhibitions:-
Portrait Institute , New York
Riverbend Art Gallery , SA
Henry Taylor Art Gallery , SA
Gallery Anne , Botswana
David Ryan Gallery , California
Jacque Baissac gallery, Mauritius
Marti D’Art gallery , SA
Depictions gallery, SA
Artists’ Gallery KZN , SA
The Barn Gallery , Patchings’ Art Centre , UK
Fletchergate Gallery , UK
The Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Gallery, UK