The artist at work (LH) / One of five commissioned paintings featured on-board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth (RH)
Brought up on the Wirral Peninsular, Robert often spent time as a youngster with his feet dangling over the railings at New Brighton Promenade watching the ships in the River Mersey entering and leaving the Port of Liverpool.
He had considered a career at sea but his careers teacher suggested a different course, to follow an already obvious talent and pursue a career in art and he went to Art Collage instead. Following five years at college he went to work for an advertising agency working for the likes of Virgin, Proctor and Gamble Phillip Morris and Chrysalis producing brochures, record covers and advertising material.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh unveiling a specially commissioned painting by Cunard Line
Among the clients of the Agency were a number of shipping companies including P&O. ‘Knowing my interest in fine art paintings, they asked if I would be prepared to produce a painting of one of their new ferries, the painting was such a success I was asked to do two more and was then introduced to a number of other shipping companies and before I knew it, I had twelve commissions’.
Robert eventually gave up working for the agency and started to paint full time. Over the years he has painted a wide range of shipping subjects for companies, organisations, museums and individuals Worldwide and has gained an enviable reputation for producing visually stunning and technically accurate paintings and is considered one of the World’s foremost Marine Artists.
HRH The Queen talks to the artist after unveiling a painting of the QE2
His work is has been commissioned by many shipping companies, managers and builders worldwide as well as numerous museum and private and indeed Royal collections across the Globe.
Robert’s work has also been published in three books featuring Robert’s historical paintings, ‘The British Merchant Navy, Images and Experiences’ and ‘The World’s Merchant Navy, Images and Recollections’ and most recently in ‘All at Sea’ a more contemporary collection of paintings.