Born in the Sussex village of Ditchling, Robert has been an artist for as long as he can remember. When at just four years old, he was given his first sable brush by an artist friend of his Grandparents who lived in the village, that friend was non other than Sir Frank Brangwyn. It was not until several years later, that he became aware of just how great an artist had taken an interest in him. Robert never really had the chance to know Sir Frank, as he died in 1956, but to this day, </p>Robert is proof that small acts of kindness can have life long and profound affects on people, no matter how young. At the age of eight, Robert won first prize in one of the annual 'Look and Learn' art competitions, a pastel drawing of Impala. This was an early recognition of his talent, yet, in his formative years he was torn between Art, Music and Sport. So which route did he take?...
Robert has developed his keen eye for detail and combined it with his first love of wildlife and in particularly that of the hunting world. Some of his most incredible works show the majesty of the highland wildlife, the proud monarch of the Glen – the stag, the steadfast beauty and strength of the the working Highland Ponies or the fierce beauty of the Capercaillie, plus the wildlife of Africa. This eye for detail however, has prompted several diverse commissions including military subjects, completing work for The Royal Navy and the RAF.
In Robert's musical career he produced the first performance of Richard III at the Tower of London and has been responsible for many orchestral, pyrotechnic and laser concerts at some of the world’s top venues. Joining Dataworkforce in 1997, originally on a freelance basis and then took full Board membership, he continued his journey in the industry. Dataworkforce, a company in the telecommunications industry, with the introduction of effective media use under Bob’s direction, grew to become #1 in not only the Sunday Times ‘Fast Track 100” but also they became the Deloitte & Touche #1 UK company.
His love for music has continued and he remains an active player at many regular events. He has performed with The Ravenscroft partnership, Gino Washington, The Strawbs, The Yarbirds, ThePendyrus and The Pontardudulais male choirs and at times he still performs on bass for The Bachelors. In 2002 he worked in partnership with Jeff Wayne creating the concept for the largest ever touring show, that of the musical version of The War of the Worlds. In 2008, at the request of the Dean of Chichester, Robert directed a Son et Lumiere, 'A Story Set in Stone', to celebrate 900 years since the foundation of the Cathedral. It was a huge ‘sell-out’, featuring packed performances throughout November 2008. Robert would be the first to admit that his creative love has always been his art.
Increasingly, concentrating most of his time on his art, working mainly in pen and ink but now and again he produces the occasional oil or watercolour.Robert has developed his keen eye for detail which is obvious in his work. His first love is undoubtedly wildlife and particularly of the hunting world. Some of his most incredible works show the majesty of the highland wildlife, the proud monarch of the Glen – the stag, the steadfast beauty and strength of the the working Highland Ponies or the fierce beauty of the Capercaillie, plus the wildlife of Africa. This eye for detail however, has prompted several diverse commissions including military subjects, completing work for The Royal Navy and the RAF. Throughout his commercial work and travels Robert his art has aleways travelled with him. Grabbing every opportunity to learn about, sketch and observe the wildlife around him.
In more recent years concentrated on his art. He last exhibited at the Game fair in 1977 at Chatsworth House but committed back in 2020 to give his full attention to promoting his art.2022 and beyond will be the newest chapter on what can only be described as a distinguished and outstanding career.