.......light, plant, paper and watercolour.

Robert's use of light to describe form has been described as, 'unparalled'.


His exceptional control of light is a captivating and inspirational experience for the spectator. The ability to replicate in watercolour the complexities of light weaving it’s way across a plant form serves to highlight this painters exceptional breadth of knowledge and understanding not only in terms of pigment on paper but how light itself behaves.


Creatively manipulating the visual elements to create the illusion of form on a flat substrate is an essential part of Robert’s methodology.


His extremely skilled articulation of watercolour as a means of producing an accurate visual narrative is a very time consuming process. Combined with his relentless effort to capture the effect of light and make it an integral part of his visual language, is undoubtedly a Hallmark of his work.


The dynamic nature of his paintings begins with rigorous observation and accurate drawing, key elements in all of his botanical work. Tightly integrated perspective with beautifully modulated colour and deep tonal values are cleverly orchestrated into masterful compositions.


When selecting what plant forms to paint, Robert’s choices are never taken lightly, but they are made extremely quickly. The success of these rapid responses is dependant upon a well informed eye filtering out emotive content to focus upon more formal aspects of the subject matter.


A lifetime of accrued knowledge, understanding and constant development of his practice is always brought to bear upon his work, but repetition of means rarely plays a part. With each new plant form that he engages with, his creativity as an artist comes into play.

© 2019 Robert McNeill
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