Robbie Graham is a Kent based artist. He is self taught and has become known for his highly detailed wild life art. His technical skill in capturing the flight of a bird or the intense gaze of a big cat is undisputed.
Robbie has always preferred gouache as his painting medium and has become a well known for its use. He believes that gouache provides versatility and can be applied thinly in washes and also thickly by using a layered approach. The intense and varying colours ensure his favourite wildlife subjects are accurately portrayed.
A 'Perfectionist', Robbie works in a realistic style and pays meticulous attention to the tiniest of details that are often overlooked. He feels compelled to portray animals in their most noble character which requires adding a dimension beyond merely duplicating photos of animals in sometimes awkward compositions. Robbie is consistently compelled to count feathers or scales to ensure accuracy.
As a popular wildlife artist Robbie has always been prepared to go that step further even if a little extra accuracy goes unnoticed. This requires a much disciplined approach, beyond what most artists would be prepared to do.
Robbie has many passions including music, photography but spending time in the company of wildlife is his favourite past time. He has always been a conservationist with a grave concern about the threat to wildlife. Through his paintings he tries to remind the viewer of the fragile nature of the wilderness and the truth and uncomplicated simplicity of earth and wildlife.
Robbie’s work has been sold to raise money to support key charities and also to assist conservation projects such as the threat to some of the big cats.
His work takes us out of doors and his birds and mammals are very much alive. His images are stunning and Robbie’s role as a painter is best summed up in his own words ‘My art is not about the skill of application but the ability to show the viewer the beauty and fragility of the wildlife around us’.
Further wildlife art by Robbie Graham can be seen on his website