For as long as he can remember, Robert Oxley has loved painting. As a child, one of his drawings was published in a book called ‘Getting Ready For School’ and sent to nursery children all over the world.
Robert developed a passion for wildlife and, longing to be a zoo keeper, began to make and paint dioramas for imaginary zoos. At the age of 12, he accepted a challenge from his grandfather to draw all the birds in an illustrated book of birds they both loved. To his surprise, his grandfather then arranged an exhibition of them at his workplace!
Robert attempted an art A-level at school and a degree later in life, but found both too repetitive. As a result, he is entirely self-taught, explaining: “Everything I know I taught myself from watching and doing. If I saw something I liked, I’d try it myself and I never give up on a piece.”