I was born in San Francisco, into an artistic family (I am a fourth-generation Californian and third-generation landscape painter); artwork filled the house, and talk of the arts was commonplace. At an early age, I, with my late cousin Russ, painted the summer hills and oaks at the families' Monterey County ranch.
I earned a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University, and was an instructor of language skills and literature in colleges in New York and California. I held positions in instructional media and in photography, and have pursued interests in theater and music.
In1980, I decided to focus on painting, and had my first show in1982. My artwork has supported many worthy organizations, including Russian Riverkeeper, Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Marin Conservation League, Bolinas Museum, Surfrider Foundation, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Parks, Marin County Open Space District, and Marin Agricultural Land Trust.
A large painting, Tomales Bay, was installed in the Point Reyes Station library, on loan 1998-2003, and a landscape, Pastureland, represented state senator John Burton's Third District in the "Senate Art Collection 2000" at the Capitol in Sacramento. In 2005-8, the U.S. State Department's program "Art in the Embassies" sent a canvas, California Hills, to join other American works in the residence of the ambassador to Belize.
My studio/gallery in Marin County, Thomas Wood Fine Art, is open for individual visits by appointment. I welcome inquiries about my artwork.
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Eastern Sierra Nevada
Painting the Landscape #16