Artist Rob Collins has painted professionally and taught groups of budding painters all his professional life. For 34 years he exhibited and sold his work through the Francis Kyle gallery in London, travelling to many parts of the world for painting projects. In 2009 he took part in the ‘One And Other’ project set up by artist Antony Gormley, standing on the ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square in London to make a painting of the view across the square in just one hour. More recently Rob Has just donated 52 paintings he made of the same view from the hills near his home in Gloucestershire to the Met Office in Exeter. The paintings were done in 2012 at different times of the day and night throughout the year making a unique record of the changing seasons and weather conditions. The paintings now form part of the Met Office archive of documents, photos, charts, paintings and ships logs recording weather over the last 200 years or so.Painting can be a pretty solitary activity so teaching has always been an opportunity to share his love of painting with others. I enjoy helping other people access their creativity, develop skills, personal subject matter and ways of working. I love sharing the skills and techniques I have developed over the years and helping students develop styles that are truly their own. Rob is a craftsman painter, an expert in colour theory and the skills appropriate for painting in oils, watercolour and acrylics. He is passionate aboutRob is able to explain in the simplest language the most complicated and sophisticated technical issues and understands that painting is not just about skills, it involves the whole person, most of all it is something to be enjoyed.