Thomas Wood, Artist
Marin County, California
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.
My paintings celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature.
In Belize with California Hills, 2008
Novato (Mt. Burdell)