Rob studied art and painting techniques under various well-known artists in Europe and the USA including master pastelist Daniel Greene, John Howard Sanden & Bob Gerbracht . In 1982 Rob became a member of the portrait institute of New York and attended an international portrait seminar in the USA where his pastel works received special mention. In 1983 Rob settled on the South Coast of Natal, South Africa where he purchased Riverbend Art Gallery through which he exhibited his work and executed portrait commissions during the next few years. His clients included members of parliament, mayors, TV personalities and prominent business people. He also had 2 sell-out one-man exhibitions during this period and several of his paintings were published as prints and distributed internationally. Rob exhibited regularly in Gaborone, Botswana where he received numerous commissions for portraits, including the State President, attorney general , diplomats and prominent business people. In 1997 Rob exhibited in Mauritius where he was featured in a magazine programme on TV and received several portrait commissions . During the period 1998 to 2003 Rob exhibited regularly in Santa Maria, California, USA and received numerous commissions there as well as holding art workshops for other artists , and taking part in their local “quick-draw” art competition. He was represented in California by the David Ryan Gallery. He has also appeared on Santa Barbara TV where he gave a live portrait demonstration. He has also completed a portrait of former president Nelson Mandela for the municipal art gallery, Margate , KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Rob has become highly respected as a demonstrator and has conducted artist workshops in South Africa, Botswana, Mauritius, USA and for the past few years in the UK. Rob’s range of portrait painting videos have become top-selling art instruction DVDs across the UK ,Europe & the USA. Rob also writes articles for various art publications including leading UK art magazine “The Artist” . Rob was featured again in this magazine in the June 2014 edition. The topic “Capturing A Likeness” is also the title of his latest double-DVD set. Keeping up with the times Rob also has a following on YouTube where he regularly posts video clips and answers queries from aspiring artists around the globe. Rob's figurative paintings have become increasingly in demand and are collected by art buyers internationally. His last exhibition in South Africa was a sell-out with most of his works selling at the preview. Rob currently spends June to October overseas giving demonstrations to art societies and hosting art instruction workshops across the UK. He then returns to his purpose- built studio in South Africa overlooking the Indian Ocean where he gains inspiration for most of the works seen on exhibition and in his prints and cards. He is also a founding member of the Artists Gallery SA – a collective of prominent South African artists promoting visual arts and based in Ramsgate , KZN .
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