Thomas Wood

Marin County, California

I was born in San Francisco, into an artistic family (I am a fourth-generation Californian and third-generation landscape painter). Paintings hung on every wall, and talk of the arts was commonplace. I began to paint on location at an early age, enthusiastic about trying to portray the surrounding landscape on small panels.


I earned a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University, and was an instructor in composition and literature in colleges in New York and California.  In1980, I decided to focus on painting, and in1982 had my first show. I have painted in support of Russian Riverkeeper, Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Marin Conservation League, Bolinas Museum, Surfrider Foundation, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Parks, and Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

A large painting, Tomales Bay, was chosen for installation in the  Point Reyes Station library, 1998-2003. A landscape, Pastureland, represented state senator John Burton's Third District in the "Senate Art Collection 2000," shown 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 work in the residence of the ambassador to Belize.


I maintain a studio/gallery in Marin County,  Thomas Wood Fine Art, which is open for scheduled exhibits, and by appointment.



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Carmel Valley (photo: Arden Wood)

A few words about me

Deschutes River, Oregon (Photo: Todd Cary)

Eastern Sierra Nevada (photo:Arden Wood)