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Robert E. Wood
20th c. Contemporary Painter
American, (1926–2/14/1999)
Robert Wood was born in Gardena in southern California in 1926. He earned degrees from Pomona College in Claremont, California (B.A. 1950) and at the Claremont Graduate School (M.F.A. 1952), where he studied with Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, and Jean Ames. He began to exhibit his paintings while attending graduate classes. Wood remained in California after graduation, working as a professional artist. Throughout the 1950s, he spent much of his time painting California coastal scenes, depicting boats, piers, and beach scenes. Some of these were painted in a stylized, abstract manner, while others were done in a more straightforward representational manner.

After the 1950s Wood focused on cityscapes and foreign landscapes, as well as California coastal and desert scenes. His works all depict the luminous, glowing light characteristic of the work of Southern California watercolor artists of the 1950s. Most are done in transparent watercolors, though he has experimented with opaque watercolor and other complementary mediums.
Wood has taught painting at the University of Minnesota, the Otis Art Institute, Scripps College, and the Rex Brandt School. Since 1961 he has been director of the Robert E. Wood School of Painting in Green Valley Lake, California. Wood is a member of the California Watercolor Society, The American Watercolor Society, and The National Academy of Design.

In 1990, he completed twenty-two large-scale murals, which are in the Hotel Caminoreal in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Wood died February 14, 1999 in Redlands, California.

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