From 1965 to 1970 he studied painting at Croydon College of Art & Newport College of Art gaining a degree in Painting and Film in 1970.
In 1977, having gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Maria Grey College of Further Education, he moved to Dorset and concentrated on painting full-time. Since 2002 he has lived and worked in East Sussex.
Andy Wood has shown his work in numerous exhibitions in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Germany, China, Canada and the United States of America. As a member of both the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Society of British Artists he regularly exhibits in their annual shows at the Mall Galleries, London. In 2009 he was elected Honorary Secretary to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and in 2014 he became it’s 15th President. Several publications have featured his paintings including, most recently, ‘Artists and Illustrators’, ‘Leisure Painter’, ‘Watercolor Artist’ and ‘Pratique des Arts’. Andy Wood’s paintings are in numerous public and private collections including those of: The North Carolina Museum of History, Duke University, The Central Carolina Bank, The Chelsea Arts Club, Lyme Regis Museum and HM The Sultan of Oman.
The paintings can be described simply as seascapes or landscapes some with buildings and people. This description may sound mundane, prosaic even, however the pictures are anything but. The artist’s choice of subject, point of view and treatment is idiosyncratic. He uses the medium of watercolour in a deliberately undemonstrative and controlled manner. The finished works are highly detailed and realistic with a fine attention to detail. Tightly structured with a strong sense of design many of the paintings have a subtly implied narrative.