Wood, Robert E.

About Robert E. Wood

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