Wood Woolsey (1899-1970)
Born and raised in Danville, Illinois, Wood Woolsey was a recognized painter of southwestern portraits as well as landscapes with figures. He moved with his family to Indianapolis in 1921, where he worked as a commercial artist and studied at the John Herron Art Institute.
In 1928 he followed his artist brother, Carl Woolsey, to Taos, New Mexico, and soon gained recognition for his paintings. The brothers, who employed their father as their business manager, exhibited in the Hoosier Salon and the National Academy. In New Mexico, Wood Woolsey formed strong friendships in the Taos community, including one with his frequent model Jim Marabel. In 1934, he returned East, living in Indianapolis and Pennsylvania, and in 1970 he died in Texas.