Robin Watt has painted since the age of five. He has a passion for watercolour and he has studied in depth the work of the leading English and American watercolour painters, past and present. His aim is to produce pictures that are as glowing and translucent as possible using primary colours applied in thin, transparent glazes. He has a particular interest in horses and wildlife.
He was born into a Scottish military family in Quetta, British India now Pakistan, in 1947. His early life was spent in Iraq and Hong Kong. He was educated at Cheltenham and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into The l0th Hussars. He saw action during the Dhofar War while on attachment to 22 SAS in Oman, and in the Gulf. He also served with 16 Parachute Brigade, and independently on Special Duties in Northern Ireland.
He was both a fighting soldier and War Artist to the British 7th Armoured Brigade during the first Gulf War. Subsequently he wrote and illustrated 'A Soldier's Sketch-book', his observations of the British Army during Operation Desert Storm, published by the National Army Museum in 1993.
He has travelled widely in North America, the Far East, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He has sketched wildlife in USA, particularly snow geese in North Carolina, raptors in Canada, and albatross and penguins in the Falkland Islands.
He exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists, in London in 1989 and 1990. A one-man exhibition of his Gulf War paintings was held at the National Army Museum in 1993. He exhibited with the Society of Equestrian Artists in 1988,2000 and 2001, winning the Juddmonte Farms' Prize for the Best Sporting Picture in 2001.
His major military commissions include: paintings of Ulster for Headquarters Northern Ireland, Irish Guards, The Parachute Regiment and The Royal Irish Regiment; paintings of Bosnia for 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards; and the latest British Army main battle tank, Challenger 2, for Vickers Plc.
His paintings are to be found in public and private collections in Europe, the USA, Canada and The Middle East. And in the collection of The Queen and of the National Army Museum.
Invited to display some equestrian pictures in the private boxes of The Queen and The Aga Khan during the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2002.
Appointed Official Artist to' All The Queen's Horses', an unique event involving over 1000 horses and one of the key celebrations of The Queen's Golden Jubilee Year in 2002. The resulting picture was presented to The Queen in February 2003