These paintings are both anachronistic and due to their overt emotionalism, they are "cutting edge." Such insights have proven to be inspirational as well as critical. The goal remains to create work that reaches far beyond technique and intellect.
Often categorized as Magic Realism or Symbolic Realism, this body of work compels the viewer to participate and allow themselves to develop an emotive relationship with individual pieces. Like dreams that take us deep into mysterious places within our psyche or living a reality filled with passions that defy academic analysis, looking at these paintings is a journey though mind, heart and soul.
To make art that is at once beautiful, haunting, disconcerting, sensuous and inspiring is a lofty quest . The paintings of Rodney Wood are the visual voice of a man obsessively devoted to the exploration of the windfalls of human emotion and spirit.