‘The animals came first’

Robert Fuller - at work

Robert Fuller - at work

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ROBERT Fuller has established himself as one of Britain’s foremost wildlife artists.

His gallery and studio nestled in the Wolds at Thixendale attracts up to 8,000 visitors a year and his talents are highly sought after for specially commissioned work.

Robert, originally from Great Givendale, first discovered his artistic talents aged 13 when he was a school pupil in Pocklington.

His dyslexia held him back academically; “It wasn’t recognised,” he said.

“I think I was just down as one of those no-hopers that wouldn’t amount to very much,” says Robert, with a smile.

Looking at his ever-expanding gallery and his stunning paintings which sell for thousands of pounds, it’s easy to see who has had the last laugh.

Asked whether his passion for art drew him to wildlife, Robert is quick to say that ‘the animals came first, definitely’.

Barn owls and kingfishers are his favourite birds, but there are few animals that 39-year-old Robert hasn’t painted during his career.

He has visited the far reaches of the planet, from Antarctica to India, Africa to the Falklands in search of new subjects which is why zebras and tigers nestle alongside hares and pheasants on his gallery walls.

Robert can be working on up to 12 pieces at any one time, first taking photographs of the animals before spending weeks and months putting them on canvas in oil or acrylic.

He moved to Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale, in 1998 with his wife Victoria and the expansion of his gallery and studio still continues today.

The Robert E Fuller gallery is open to visitors every day, including Sundays, from 11am to 4.30pm.