Wood first studied art in England. While he made his living from painting in his early years in the United States, it wasn't until he put down roots in San Antonio in 1924 and studied with the Spanish artist Jose Arpa that he reached artistic maturity. By the late 1920s he was exhibiting in major Texas competitions and winning awards for his landscapes.
Robert Wood demonstrating in a Seattle storefront, 1919. His brother Bert looks on.
Robert Wood and his traveling companion Claude Waters performing in Vaudeville. Wood performed skits and painted miniature landscapes using premixed colors.