Rob Wood

Rob Wood '68
2001 Award of Honor

If you like to read, most likely you have been drawn to some of America's leading authors by this honoree's work. Rob Wood was born in Johnson City and began his higher education at East Tennessee State University with a major in painting and graphic design. The education and experience he gained in the art classes at ETSU established a solid foundation for his later successes as an illustrator.

After his graduation in 1968, Wood joined the Air Force and served a year in Vietnam. Following his stint in the service, he attended the University of Georgia where he received a master's degree in fine arts. Then, he embarked on his outstanding illustration career.

Wood began working with a design firm in Washington, D.C., and then with years of experience in the design business, he made the enormous decision to start his own illustration studio with a business colleague. Through hard work and dedication, they created Wood Ronsaville Harlin, Inc., which has grown to become a nationally recognized firm.

Wood has painted book covers for most of the major book publishers in New York, including Penguin/Putnam, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Crown Publishing, Random House, and Ballantine. Some of his most recent covers include Lost & Found by Jayne Ann Krentz, Day of Reckoning by Jack Higgins, Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah, and Riptide by Catherine Coutler. He has also illustrated five Stephen King covers. In fact, the main street of Jonesborough was the inspiration for his cover of Needful Things. His work also appears in National Geographic Magazine, Scientific American, Kid's Discover Magazine, and the Air & Space Museum.

Wood has been a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York for over 16 years and has appeared in their shows ten times. He has also received awards for excellence from Communication Arts Magazine, the New York Art Directors Club, the American Illustration Annual, the Art Directors Club of Washington, D.C. and he was chosen for the Maryland Governor's art exhibition.

When he is not working, Wood enjoys spending time with his wife, Kasandra, a Texas native. They have a daughter, Katherine, who is in her second year at Mary Washington College in Virginia. They live on Chesapeake Bay where he likes to sail, whenever he can, aboard his 25-foot sloop.