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 career follows over 70 years of professional art in his family. 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 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, Robert enjoys painting them all… the mountains, canyons, lakes, rivers and forests of the Rocky Mountains, sunsets, old cabins and barns of the West, the Okanagan, Mexico and other tropical settings, and a variety of still-life and floral scenes. His paintings sing with color and always depict scenes he is dramatically inspired by.
Painting on location at the GastroVino Festival in Todos Santos, Mexico - May 20, 2012.
Robert enjoys working on location, plein air painting, which helps his images achieve a sense of true light and life. He extensively travels and explores his favourite regions of Alberta and British Columbia - these include the Kananaskis and Banff National Park regions of the Rockies, as well as the south Okanagan. As well as painting on site, Robert takes large numbers of photographs to use as reference material for his studio paintings. His visual library consists of some 60,000 slides and photographs which are always on hand to inspire future paintings.
Robert Wood’s love of light and colour, and passion for conveying his vision of the world, is a never-ending source of inspiration.
Signing a plein-air garden painting - Oliver, B.C., July, 2010.
Select private and corporate collections include:
Luba - award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter
Audrey McLaughlin - former leader, New Democratic Party of Canada
Mineral Springs Hospital - Banff, Alberta
Hyatt Regency Hotel - Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Wealth Management - Calgary, Alberta
Brewster Transport - Banff, Alberta
Austrian Canadian Society of Calgary
German Canadian Society of Calgary
Ricardo Amigo Real Estate - Todos Santos, Mexico
On location in the South Okanagan hills above Osoyoos - July, 2007.
On location at King Creek, Kananaskis, 2006.
On location near Mount Engadine, Kananaskis, 2006.
The little painter - this is the first photograph of me with a paintbrush in my hand, circa 1972!