California Landscape Painter
I combine two things I like to do, hiking and painting the landscape.
I was born in San Francisco. My parents are the artists Mireille and Philip Wood, and my maternal grandfather the eminent California plein air painter and muralist Gottardo Piazzoni. Artwork and talk of art were a constant in our household; I drew and painted from an early age.
I spent childhood summers at the family ranch (established by my great-grandfather in the 1870s) in the Carmel Valley, where I painted the grassy hills and wooded canyons in the California light, the start of a lifelong pursuit.
Earning a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University, I taught writing and literature in colleges in New York and California, and worked in instructional media and photography.
I am a founding participant in Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s benefit exhibit “Ranches and Rolling Hills” (the show's twentieth anniversary was in May of this year), and have painted in support of Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Russian Riverkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, and other nature-preservation 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, Thomas Wood Fine Art, open for occasional exhibits and by appointment.
I paint to interpret nature's beauty and complexity, convey the experience
of specific places, evoke memories, and invite contemplation.
In Belize with California Hills, 2008