Generations of Artistic Brilliance
Certainty. A word which conjures up ideals of sureness, and Robert E. Wood was definitely certain from his earliest childhood memories that his calling was to be an artist. Paint and paintbrushes were a fascination, and the walls of his home his blank canvas. As he fondly recalls, "Since my parents couldn’t stop me from colouring on the walls, they eventually gave in and permitted it, but limited me to colouring on the walls of just one room of the house! Also when I was a young kid my grandfather called me "the little painter". So I think it was always obvious to everyone else – as well as to myself – that I was born to be an artist." Having grown up in North Vancouver, B.C., much of Robert’s childhood was spent in the Okanagan Valley, until the age of 13 when his family moved to Alberta – a place he has called home for the past 30 years. As a third generation artist – his father was Karl E. Wood and his grandfather Robert E. Wood – Robert was encouraged, and driven, to paint. In speaking of the period of his life following high school graduation, Robert explains, "I spent the summer working in a video store (basically, just a summer job) until my Dad said to me one day ‘If you want to paint, just do it. Stop wasting your time.’ Can’t get much clearer than that, can you? The fates were speaking. I gave my notice the next day, and I began painting professionally in November of 1989, working with my Dad every day learning the art of painting from him...eight months later he passed away suddenly. So the moral of the story is: Just do it; and don’t waste your time (Literally – don’t waste your time here on this Earth!). If I hadn’t started painting when I did, I could easily have missed out on those intensive eight months of training with him, and it would have been that much harder for me to get my career launched."
left, Garden Dance, oil on canvas, 36" x 24" above, Paintbrush and Larch, oil on canvas, 20" x 24"