Robert E. Wood
Robert was born in North Vancouver, B.C. in 1971, and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. He has been painting full time since 1989, and his family's career follows over 70 years of professional art. His grandfather was Robert E. Wood and his father was Karl E. Wood - with whom he spent eight months training. This was followed by study with several other top artists, including Harold L. Lyon, and years of personal artistic exploration and development. Robert has been surrounded by art his entire life and took to it from his earliest years, when his grandfather called him “the little painter”.
Adept at portraying a wide variety of subject matter: the mountains, canyons, lakes, rivers, forests of the rocky mountains, sunsets, old cabins and barns, the Okanagan, and a variety of still-life and florals. Whether capturing the heat of the desert sun near Osoyoos in July, or the cold of a –30 January morning in Alberta’s Ghost River Valley, his paintings sing with color and always depict scenes he is dramatically inspired by.
The experience of painting is something which Robert believes should be shared, so he regularly conducts art workshops and demonstrations for other artists. Robert is pleased to note that two artists he has assisted in the fine art of oil painting are now showing their work professionally - David Ross, and Robert's brother, James Wood.
Robert also enjoys working on location, plein air painting, which helps his images achieve a sense of true light and life. Plein air painting is an exciting and challenging experience. Robert travels extensively, exploring his favourite regions of Alberta and BC which include the Kananaskis and Banff National Parks in the Rockies, as well as the S. Okanagan. As well as painting on-site, Robert's visual library consists of some 50,000 slides and photographs which are always on hand to inspire future paintings.
Robert Wood’s love of the Western Canadian landscape is a never-ending source of inspiration. His mission is to present the beauty, power and grandeur of this varied land as he sees it – in all its colour, contrast and glory – for the enjoyment of others.
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