Robert Fathers

Media
Watercolour, Acrylic, Gouache
Subjects
Landscape, Trees in a Landscape, Wildlife, Drawing
Region(s)
M, N

I grew up in Yorkshire and for as long as I can remember I have loved drawing. My Father was an accomplished artist, an Associate of the Royal College of Art and became a major influence in the greeting card industry, opening up a publishing field for many developing artists including David Shepherd. Under his guidance and encouragement I developed quickly and won many national painting competitions at a young age.

My formal art training began at Bradford College of Art among a rich seam of talent, David Hockney being the leading light. After Art College I joined the then Sharpes Classic greeting card company, where as a junior apprentice I graduated from tea boy to design manager. After a period of ten years I enrolled in the Famous Artists School of America, under the leadership of Norman Rockwell, studying illustration and design and this gave me the confidence to branch out as a freelance designer.

I have continued to design for the greeting card market, selling to every major European and American publisher through my London agent. However recently I have spent more time painting, specialising in landscape and wildlife, and have exhibited regularly with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the National Exhibition of Wildlife Artists. I have also exhibited locally in Melbourne, Ticknall, Ashby, Market Bosworth and Swadlincote.

I have been fortunate and privileged to have earned my living from my art all my life and nothing gives me greater pleasure than helping other artists to realise their potential. Consequently I have started an Art Group in my local village and regularly hold teaching classes in drawing and painting designed to encourage the absolute beginner and stimulate the lapsed artist back into the fold. It is a wonderful thing to see latent talent blossom.

Living in Derbyshire in the heart of the National Forest I have plenty of material and inspiration. Daily walks with my wife keep me fit and give me the opportunity to observe and enjoy the countryside.

I am available for demonstrations in Derbyshire and surrounding counties. To seem more of my work please visit my website robertfathersart.com