Dawson Gallery


Rob Wood is an award-winning illustrator of mankind, space  earth, science, and history who illuminates the past and future with insightful imagery.

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee,  Rob has been drawing and painting since he was nine. He began his college education at East Tennessee State University with a major in painting and graphic design.  Upon graduation he joined the US Air Force serving a year in Vietnam.  After receiving an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Georgia where he earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree.

His illustration career began at a design firm in the Washington, DC. area where he worked for two years before becoming a partner in the firm. Eventually, the business evolved into Wood, Ronsaville Harlin, Inc. Today it is an internationally recognized illustration studio with clients all over the world.

Rob has been a member of the Society of Illustrators since 1989 and has had his work accepted in their Annual Illustration Exhibition many times. He is also a member of the Illustrator’s Partnership and the Washington Illustrator’s Club. He has received awards for excellence from Communication Arts Magazine, the New York Art Directors Club, the American Illustration Annual, the Art Directors Club of Washington, DC (gold and silver medals), Spectrum’s Best in Contemporary Art, inclusion in the National Geographic book on the best diagrams,  Best in Show and gold medals from the Illustrators Club of Washington, Maryland and Virginia and was chosen for inclusion in the Maryland Governor’s art exhibit. In 2001 he received an Award of Honor from East Tennessee State University in recognition for individual accomplishment as an illustrator. His work has also been included in exhibits at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Savannah Art Museum and is in the collection of Stephen King. He was recently invited to be a guest lecturer and judge at the World Infographics Conference in Pamplona, Spain.

He has created illustrations for The Field Museum in Chicago, National Geographic Society, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek, Scientific American, Time Life Books, Kids Discover Magazine, the National Park Service, The Penguin Group, St. Martins Press and Simon And Schuster.

Rob and his wife Kasandra, currently live on the Chesapeake Bay, near Annapolis.


Rob Wood

American 1946 -

Gerald’s Game

All in The Family

Palace of Minos