Ernest Wood III

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Ernest Wood III

United States

Born in 1979, Ernest Vincent Wood III grew in mind, stature, and spirit and loved many a created thing. He attended Wichita State University with a general art emphasis until an instructor, who recognized his affinity for light, encouraged oil painting. He finished his BFA in painting in 2006.

That following Summer, with assistance from the Koch Cultural Trust, he attended The International School for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Once there, fate would bring him into contact with Irish painter Ted Jones and his gallery representative from Killarney, Ireland. A friendship developed, which led to the first painting sold of Ernest's work on Irish soil in 2007. Yearly shows followed in 2008 and 2009.

Having relegated painting to a hobby in the years following, he finally answered the irrevocable call to painting professionally and has done so since 2014.

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