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Wild at Heart

Hello, I am Anne Wood.  

Welcome to my Wild at Heart Studio in rural Lincolnshire.

Working with oils, and the addition of cold wax medium, my work is about a journey with paint, making something which wasn't there before.  

Twenty years ago I had no idea where my first paintings would take me.  At first it was watercolour, then acrylic and finally oil paint.   They were works based on reality, landscapes and coastal studies and for several years I painted what others wanted to see.     

Then I realised it was not what I wanted...my heart was elsewhere.  I have not looked back.   The work I create now has come a long way and I am happy.  

I hope you enjoy reading my art story.


Wild at Heart Studio in rural Lincolnshire is where I create my oil paintings.   They are everywhere in this timber cabin, from tiny oil studies on paper to larger canvases hanging on the walls.     


I began making my art twenty years ago.    A visit to a painting exhibition had inspired me.    I wanted to see what I could do myself but it was many years since my brief encounter with art school.  I knew I had a long journey ahead so I taught myself daily to find what I wanted to say in my paintings.   


Oil paint became my favourite medium, and I began to feel my way.   My work became looser and more painterly.   Bold and expressive paintings emerged and I got excited by the spontaneity and freedom that abstraction offered when making my marks.      


I added cold wax to my oil palette and it took me further, transforming the way I moved paint around.    The oils and wax are smooth and luscious and when they are sculpted with knives, rollers and scrapers, wonderful effects happen.   I add layers and then destroy parts by scraping back which reveals the underneath, rather like archeology.  The painting begins to have a history.     


The 'wild' in the work comes from making intuitive geometric and organic shapes. One shape can inspire the forming of another.   Colour adds drama to my work.   Again, the wild is there in my colour palette.    The paintings tell the story.  It is a visual language of my working process.    


I am a member of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society and the Nadin Group, exhibiting my paintings in the group shows.     I have received four awards for my work.  

I currently serve on the Committee of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society.



Below are some examples of recent work created or re-worked in my studio.


'Meet me where the wild grass grows'


A challenging piece which has taken several directions.

Displayed now in my studio

Oils and cold wax medium on 30 x 30 inch box canvas


The image is currently showing in the Lincolnshire Artists' Society online Virtual Exhibition

'Virtual Connections 2020'



'Pass the red around'


After a battle with this painting I finally reached a stage where it is now dry and displayed in my studio   


Oils and Cold Wax Medium on 36 x 36 inch box canvas


The image is currently showing in the Lincolnshire Artists' Society online virtual exhibition -

'Virtual Connections 2020'


'Crossing borders'


A new painting drying.

I am so thrilled with this one, made from a very limited palette as my paint stocks are nearly depleted.   Time to order more.

Pure abstract shapes in oils and cold wax medium on a 100 x 100 cm box canvas.  

(I shall keep this one in my studio)




'Red with Scribbles'


A picture paints a thousand words...

When I stand in front of this painting,

my immediate response is simply 

to wrap it around me.  

I do not wish to translate the scribbles,

 or understand the scratches.  

The painting just ‘is’.

Oils and cold wax medium on

36 x 24 inch board.

(This painting is kept in my studio)





Copyright on my oil paintings and designs for cards and gifts

Anne Wood ©️ 2020