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.
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 summer & autumn demonstrating his skills at various art societies as well as hosting hands-on portrait painting workshops . In the winter he returns to his beachfront studio in South Africa where he gains inspiration for and paints most of the works seen at his exhibitions and in galleries .
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 (current representative gallery in SA)
The Barn Gallery , Patchings’ Art Centre , UK
Sally Mitchell Fine Arts Gallery . UK (current)
Fletchergate Gallery , UK (current )