Robert is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University, Scotland, where he was a student of the Drawing and Painting School. On graduating he was awarded a year of Post Graduate study at Edinburgh and an Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, which he used to travel throughout Italy and France. On completion of his post graduate studies he never ceased painting, followed a teaching career for thirty-one years, and took early retirement in 2011.
He continued to paint but changed genre almost overnight, moving from complete abstraction to botanical painting. His first three works being exhibited at The Society of Botanical Artists Annual exhibition in 2013 where he was made an Associate Member, was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit, the Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award and the People's Choice Award.
His work was selected by the Fundación Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, Monte Gaiás, Santiago de Compostela, to be included in the prestigious "Auga Doce" / Fresh Water, exhibition 2014.
In 2019 he was made a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists.
Robert’s work was selected for the 17th and 18th International Annual Exhibitions at the Horticultural Society of New York.
His painting, Cardiocrinum giganteum is in the private collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE, and was selected for the exhibition “Abundance: Seeds, Pods and Autumn Fruits” at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery Kew, October 2017 to March 2018.
He has work in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and various private collections.
His painting Abies koreana, won the Jurors Award when exhibited as part of the Out of the Woods / Out on a Limb exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre, St Charles, Missouri, in 2018.