Robin was born in Birmingham in 1957 and brought up in rural West Norfolk. He was considered a child prodigy for by the time he was 5 years old he had taught himself to paint in oils. By the time he was 10 he was selling his pictures for pocket money. By the time he was 10 he was selling his pictures for pocket money. When he was  he accepted a place at a [local] art college but, after continued disagreements with his tutors, he left in order to have the freedom to develop his own style of painting.