WHAT ROB PAINTS
Rob has painted in watercolour since he was old enough to hold a brush; it’s still his favourite medium. However in the last few years he has started to work in oils with increasing interest and is leading his work into some new and unexpected directions.
Rob is a painter of light and its effects on landscape, sea and estuaries. His favourite subject, and for some this might seem a little strange, is sunlit mud. He is at his happiest at estuaries when, at low tide, acres of shining mud are revealed in all their shimmering glory and he’s painting it! ‘Bootiful’ as they say down in Devon, his home for over forty years.
Over the years he has gathered a wealth of watercolour knowledge, knowledge that he freely shares at his demonstrations, workshops, videos for Arttutor.com, numerous articles for the Artist and Illustrators Magazine and in his recent book ‘Painting Rivers from source to Sea’
When not painting, writing or tutoring about art he is often to be found co-writing scripts for the BAFTA winning animated TV series ‘Shaun the Sheep’, indeed Rob even makes an appearance in the Shaun the Sheep movie, as do several of his paintings.
VIEWING ROB’S WORK
Rob has shown at a number of exhibitions and galleries in both Devon and further afield. Currently he has a number of paintings available at Davidson Fine Art Totnes, Devon. If you haven’t visited Totnes you should. From the banks of the River Dart its steeply rising Fore Street boasts a number of good galleries, small independent shops and an enviable number of delicious food outlets. The Friday and Saturday markets are well worth a visit with some interesting stalls selling all sorts of bric-a-bac, art materials and delicious foods inspired by Devon and from around the world. Food and the enjoyment of eating it are particularly important to Rob, especially chocolate cake and cider.
Rob had always wanted to be an artist. Well, not quite ‘always’; prior to that he wanted to be a footballer and play for his beloved West Ham United. But art won over football, a lack of footballing ability having a lot to do with it. After a foundation course at Harlow he went on to Exeter College of Art and Design where he gained his fine arts degree in 1980.
Rolle College (University of Exeter) followed, where he studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and, more importantly, met Siân.