Wood, Karl E.

About Karl E Wood

Karl was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1944. After living in various places including North Vancouver and Westbank, BC, Karl and his family moved to the Ghost River region northwest of Cochrane, Alberta in 1984. Mainly a self taught artist, Karl's early inspiration was due naturally to his father, artist Robert E. Wood. In 1962 he studied with Allan W. Edwards, an internationally renowned artist and designer. He was also encouraged and helped by Egbert Oudendag, especially in the difficult art of painting outdoors. Like the mountains he captured on canvas, there was a uniqueness to western landscape artist Karl Wood. He was highly motivated and saw his paintings as both a challenge and a personal pleasure. He worked mainly in oils, and in a traditional manner. He shunned minute detail in his work. Rather, a preference for broader and looser brushstrokes is evident. The communion between man and landscape was evident in all of his works. Mountains in his paintings are rugged, immense, awe-inspiring; trees are stark. His colors were realistic - drifting from early morning misty blues to harder winter grays. Wood painted every province in Canada and made four trips to the Arctic, and was highly regarded as one of the finest landscape artists in Canada. He passed away in 1990.