Robert's landscape paintings explore the vastness, grandeur and beauty of nature. Since graduating in 1983, he has spent considerable time in Australia which is reflected in much of his work, through his use of hot colour and harsh light. Much of Robert's work is large scale, for he enjoys making large paintings which viewers feel like they can walk into. Sketchbooks are an integral part of his process, for he uses them to capture feelings and memories when outside in the landscape, to which he can later refer when making paintings in the studio.
Following his graduation, Maclaurin has spent time living in Turkey, Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally and has had solo exhibitions in Britain and Australia. Robert describes his paintings as "very personal responses.... each tells a particular story which I don't verbally need to tell, but which I hope the viewer senses and perhaps makes a conscious link to some place or someone in their world."