JUSTIN WOOD (1982)   is a painter from Doylestown, Pennsylvania interested in traditional techniques and genres. At a young age, he began drawing frequently and was introduced to painting in high school. Justin attended Syracuse University where he studied illustration under respected illustrators Murray Tinkleman and John Thompson. While at Syracuse he took figure drawing with figurative artist Jerome Witkin. In this class, Justin became more familiar with the history of classical painting and the importance of drawing and painting from life. This experience redirected his focus to the fine arts. Upon graduating, he joined Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier/ Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City where he studied full time for five years and served as Jacob's studio assistant. After completing his studies, Justin became an instructor of cast drawing and painting at the Grand Central Academy. Justin paints still lifes, portraits, and nudes all from direct observation at his studio in New York.