Robert E. Wood grew up surrounded by artists and art. He 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 notable 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”.
Primarily known for his Canadian landscapes, Robert is adept at portraying a wide variety of subject matter: the mountains, canyons, lakes, rivers and forests of the Rocky Mountains, sunsets, old cabins and barns of the West, the Okanagan, Europe, Mexico and other tropical settings, and a variety of still-life, floral and garden scenes.His paintings sing with colour and always depict scenes he is dramatically inspired by.
Robert enjoys working on location, plein-air painting, which helps his art 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, and he has come to see his task as almost a spiritual one, using oil as a medium to imbue his canvasses with beauty and positive energy, which then resonates with the viewer. Although he believes awards in the arts are ridiculous and a matter of subjective opinion, Robert is nevertheless honoured to have won first place in the only art competition he has ever entered: Arabella art magazine’s 2014 “Great Canadian Landscape Painting Competition”.
Select corporate and private collections include:
Hyatt Regency Hotel – Calgary, Alberta
TriWest Capital Partners – Calgary, Alberta
GLJ Petroleum Consultants – Calgary, Alberta
Talisman Energy – Calgary, Alberta
Canadian Wealth Management – Calgary, Alberta
Mineral Springs Hospital – Banff, Alberta
Brewster Transport – Banff, Alberta
Austrian Canadian Society of Calgary
German Canadian Society of Calgary
Ricardo Amigo Real Estate – Todos Santos, Mexico
Luba – award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter
Audrey McLaughlin – former leader, New Democratic Party of Canada
Blue Mountain Vineyard View 30 x 40 in. Oil on canvas
Afternoon Gossip 20 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
See Ya Later Ranch 30 x 36 in. Oil on canvas
Yumnuska Moon 20 x 24 x 2 in. Oil on canvas
Sarrail Creek Falls 48 x 18 in. Oil on canvas
Ponderosa Sunset 48 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Lower Consolation Lake 24 x 36 in. Oil on canvas
Winter Dawn 36 x 48 in. Oil on canvas
Dance in the Sun 30 x 40 in. Oil on Linen
See Ya Later Ranch 18 x 24 in. Oil on canvas
Hillside in Yellow, Okanagan Falls 40 x 30 in. Oil on canvas