Robert William Wood was an American painter who found endless inspiration in the diverse and majestic landscapes of California. Though he travelled widely, California always remained his favored subject and he is considered among the most important of early California's artists.
For a long time, Wood was not considered to be part of the early history of California's art world. Historians had believed his work in the state started around 1941, when he moved to the state permanently. In reality, Wood had arrived first in 1912, a year he remembered due to having heard a newspaper vendor announcing the Titanic's sinking.
For much of his life until his permanent relocation to California, Robert William Wood spent his time going between Texas and the west coast, journeying all the way from Seattle to the California coast making sketches and painting landscapes. He is associated with the Plein-Aire style and some of his works are considered to be classic representations of California landscape painting.
Wood lived in the Laguna art colony for a time, after first having relocated to Carmel. Though he worked extensively painting the Sierras and the California landscapes, the artists is principally known for his renditions of the California coast.