Thomas Wood, Artist

Marin County, California

About Me

For me, the artistic process is not complete until the painting is seen by you. I paint what I like and respond to, without a preconceived notion of what someone else will like. I'm communicating the way I feel about nature in the hope that you will pick up on that and share that feeling. I would like you to have a bit of art that will give you pleasure and become a part of your life.

I was born in San Francisco, into an artistic family. I drew and painted from an early age. Painting, and talk of the arts, were common in our household; it was like a tutorial.

I earned a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University. I taught composition and literature in colleges in New York and California, worked in instructional media and photography, acted in theater and played music. Around 1980, I realized that painting was what I principally wanted to do – front and center, not a sideline. In 1982 I had my first professional exhibit.

I am a founding participant in Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s benefit exhibit “Ranches and Rolling Hills," and I have painted in support of Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Russian Riverkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, and other nature-conservation organizations.

A three-canvas painting, Tomales Bay, was chosen for installation in the Point Reyes (CA) Library 1998-2003, and a landscape, Pastureland, represented state senator John Burton’s Third District in the “Senate Art Collection 2000” in the California Capitol. The U.S. State Department program Art in the Embassies sent a canvas, California Hills, to join other American works in the residence of the ambassador to Belize, 2005-2008.

I maintain a studio/gallery in Nicasio, Marin County: Thomas Wood Fine Art, open for occasional exhibits and by appointment.     

My paintings celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature.



In Belize with California Hills, 2008

Novato (Mt. Burdell)

Carmel Valley