Robert Earle Wood was one of the main practitioners of what is known as the California Style; that is, watercolor works in large format, showing free, broad-brush work, richly colored. Subject preferences would be scenes of everyday life, emphasizing themes like the Pacific Coast, California cities, and industrial scenes. So far as I know, this term is specific to watercolorists (although I see no reason why, necessarily).
Wood was raised and studied in southern California, favoring harbor scenes from Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. His influence grew while teaching at the University of Minnesota, offering his frequent and popular workshops, and for the wider public, reading his 1970’s book, Watercolor Workshop, still available on Amazon or try your local used bookstore.
This painter often worked plein air, finishing his paintings in one session, a choice that led to his working without much outlining. His style definitely emerged over a long period of growth, toward a more suggestive abstraction and a brighter color palette. He was always ready to cite his mentors, Rex Brandt and Phil Dike; still, his own students with their own outstanding reputations became numerous.
It is hard to find examples of his work online to share with you, unblemished by “watermarks.” So forgive me those choices forced upon me. Also, the popular watercolor palette you see in every art store (with his name on it) is the one he favored.
Wood lived from 1926 to 1999, but in West Coast watercolorist circles, you see his ghost everywhere!–CLH