Wood painted California's Sierras as early as the 1930s, possibly
even earlier. He first owned or rented a home or cabin in the Owens
Valley town of Bishop about 1940. When he moved to Woodstock, New
York to experience the changing seasons after World War II, he left
Bishop, but he did not forget the area's attractions for a painter.
painted in the Sierras with Robert Clunie, who may have backpacked
and painted more sierra locations than any other artist. Clunie
was very different from other plein-air painters. He worked directly
from nature, but in a very meticulous style. Wood told one of his
English friends that he once set up five easels with different views
of the Sierras and finished all the paintings before Clunie had
completed his first one.
Wood returned to the Sierras he was in his seventies, and was no
longer capable of hiking to remote locations to paint out-of-doors.
Consequently, his subjects were usually close at hand, such as Mt.
Tom, which he could view from his home, or broad views of the mountains
that could be driven to.