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 45 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. He gained a considerable following on YouTube where he posted clips from live demonstrations & trailers of his popular series of portrait tuition videos. He has also written articles for various art publications including The Artist (UK), Paint (SAA) magazine, Artists & Illustrators, International Artist & The South African Artist magazines. In January 2021 his first book Painting Portraits in Oils was published internationally.
Apart from portrait commissions Rob also produces a limited number of paintings for sale each year and these are available for purchase either directly from him or through galleries in South Africa & the UK. During his career as a "travelling artist" Rob became a highly sort after demonstrator & tutor and spent a large part of the UK spring, summer & autumn demonstrating his skills for various art societies as well as hosting hands-on portrait painting workshops. Rob is currently resident in the UK and works exclusively from his from his home studio.
Past 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