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ROBIN ARMSTRONG

Born in 1947, Robin Armstrong sold his first painting of ‘A Prairie Falcon' at the age of 12 for £5 to the milkman. In 1966 he joined Phoenix Studios as a trainee illustrator and attended the London School of Printing. The year after that he sailed around the world as a merchant seaman. On his return he worked as a commercial artist and his first solo exhibition was held in Bromley, Kent and sold out at the preview. In 1970 he moved to Devon and began painting wildlife full time.Robin Armstrong has exhibited widely, including at the South West Academy of Fine Arts and elsewhere in this country, as well as in Jersey and Holland.In addition to painting he taught art at Okehampton Comprehensive in 1971, part time at Exeter College of Art in 1975 and was Artist in Residence at the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth from 1998 - 99.  In 1977 he joined South West Water as a river warden furthering his interest in wildlife. He has made field trips all over the world, including to the Outer Hebrides, Norway, the Skeleton Coast in Namibia and to Lake Nassa in Egypt. He also went on an Arctic expedition sailing from Aberdeen to Spitzbergen with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. 

Armstrong has also done television documentaries: "Watercolours" with Angela Rippon; several fishing programmes for HTV with Clive Gunnel; "Chalk Streams and Lazy Trout" with the late actor and angler, Sir Michael Horden and, for Westcountry Television, "Pictures from the Garden House Studio".