Robert Swingler

Robert  Swingler

Robert is a Birmingham-based artist who worked in the water industry until he retired when he could pursue his love of drawing and painting. Having received no formal training he much appreciates the company and advice of his friends and colleagues and this has been invaluable in his development. He considers himself fortunate to have been able to associate with so many talented artists. He was a Friend of the RBSA before being elected associate in 2006 and member in 2009. He is a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society (1907) and its President from 2005 to 2008. He is also a past president of the Easel Club (1879). He has won several awards and commendations and his work can be found in collections at home and abroad. He works in several mediums including watercolour, oil, pen and ink and pencil. His preferred mediums are watercolour for its subtlety and transparency and pen and ink for its immediacy and used when sketching. He believes draughtsmanship is the basis of good art work and hopes this is reflected in his own work. He is greatly influenced by his natural surroundings: he is a sailor of many years experience in sail boats and is inspired by the varied moods of the sea together with its coasts and harbours; he is also a keen walker and has travelled extensively in Europe which inspires his landscape paintings in all its seasons; and having been born in Birmingham and lived on the edge of the Black Country all his life it is inevitable he is much interested in industrial subjects.