Thomas Wood, Artist

Marin County, California

I paint without a preconceived notion of what someone else will like. I'm expressing 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 discover art that I hope will give pleasure and perhaps 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 show.

I am a founding participant in Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s  benefit exhibit (its 21st show will be in May, 2019), and have painted in support of many other nature-preservation causes.

A twenty-foot 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. In 2005, the government program "Art in the Embassies" sent a canvas, California Hills, to join other American works on loan for four years in the residence of the ambassador to Belize.

I maintain a studio/gallery in Marin County: Thomas Wood Fine Art, open for occasional exhibits and by appointment. I will consider work on commission, 36x48 in. and larger.     



In Belize with California Hills, 2008

Novato (Mt. Burdell)

Carmel Valley

About the Artist