Shane Austin Wood received his BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and quickly gravitated towards art at a young age, focusing mostly on drawing. During his childhood he spent his time drawing dramatic World War II storyscapes as art’s imaginative qualities and narratives would occupy his short attention span. However, it took all of his formative years for him to begin to qualify art as something outside of the hobbyist domain. His early college years saw his inclination for the arts predispose him to attempt a college art course where he felt comfortable perusing art as a more objective technical form. His relationship with the academic observation with art has changed dramatically during his college experience. His approach and style has changed with it. Mostly a painter, Wood had the initial inclination to develop an acute technical ability to both create art as well as rigidly view art as something interpretable through its form and composition. Art became an artifact of egotistical academic efficiency for Wood during his first years in college. Art’s qualitative quantities succumbed to an unyielding quantitative paradigm. The suffocating symptom of this relationship eventually eroded the natural inclination Wood had towards his art. As Wood’s skill developed, his fondness for creation decomposed. Wood, in what he would consider a “state of bereavement”, found himself forced to reevaluate his decision to see art as an object of evaluative prestige rather than something interdependent of the artist and the viewer. This change saw a welcome adoption of spontaneity and presence in Wood’s art. Not just the final product, but in the creation, and his relationship with art as a viewer.
Wood intends to continue creating art for himself and the spontaneous audience.