ABOUT ROBERT WOOD
Robert Wood has lived a full life - filled with family, friends, work and play. He and his wife Jeannie live on a lovely lifestyle block of land in Rural Auckland where they have grown children and bred horses, entertained friends, worked hard and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Robert met me in his studio and showed me some of his recent works while we listened to Glenn Miller Orchestra. Wonderful pieces full of light and colour. He uses a wide colour palette that brings an incredible depth to his new works as his style constantly evolves – pretty pink skies join moody misty green mountains and the silvered shimmer of a lake. Beautiful scenes of New Zealand that
take us there and involve us in the moment.
We chatted about anything and everything - his interest and background in design, carpentry and engineering,
his family of 6 kids and 8 Grandkids that are a huge part of his life. We discussed the appaloosa horses he used to breed –
breaking and training up to 40 of them in his time. We talked about his life in the ‘corporate world’ - the good and bad aspects of that together
and the effects of that on his life now.
Our conversation then led to his art and how he came to paint. His good friend Tim Wilson (New Zealand fine artist) was staying
with Robert and Jeannie for a time and one day mentioned to Robert that “he should be painting”. That casual suggestion led to their
spending many hours together painting, teaching and learning techniques, sharing stories and cigarettes –
on one occasion for 36 hours straight.
Tim taught Robert to ‘keep building layer by layer’, how to use transparent paints and glazing. Key core skills that he continues to build on
as Robert moved toward becoming a full-time artist. This time with Tim sparked a joy in Robert, a love of painting,
of creating something beautiful that is so evident in his work.
Robert is a wonderful man – cheeky, mischievous and vastly entertaining! This vibrant personality shows through in his
wonderful works and we are so excited to be representing him at Quay.