The realism and natural beauty of life that come from the hand of Trudy Wood’s artistic pencils capture the essence of reality. Her acumen with shadows, light and dark evoke an immediate emotional reaction to her artwork.

The Oak Hills resident will be one of five artists featured during this year’s annual “Evening with the Artists” event, hosted by the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 22.

For the past 16 years, Wood has been an arts educator throughout the Inland Empire. As a resident artist at Sycamore Rocks Elementary School in Apple Valley, she taught art to K-5 students for three years. Wood also taught art for several years at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, where she taught children and adults at the museum’s summer camps, wildlife festivals and workshops.

Wood was a teacher as well at the High Desert Center for the Arts in Victorville, and has ongoing workshops at the Artists of the High Desert gallery in Hesperia. Her guest teaching experiences span elementary through high school.

Wood works in a variety of mediums, including colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, pastel and acrylic. Her realistic pieces, for example, capture animals in their natural environments, such as a plumed basilisk lizard roaming the grass and a quail hiding in wild buckwheat.

“I can't imagine doing something else with my life that would give me greater pleasure than I receive from creating art,” Wood said. “I always hope that my art work portrays as much passion, joy and satisfaction as I put into it.”

Additionally, Wood does custom artwork on a regular basis. She completed over 50 posters for the LifeHouse Theater in Redlands. Her work has been shown in Chicago and many art galleries and competitions in California. She won Best of Show at the Associated Artists of the Inland Empire, and received the CT Baisden Memorial Award for Outstanding Recognition from the Colored Pencil Society of America in 2007.

Wood will join artists Leslee Adams, Michael Bedoya, Karen Werner and Jeff Skelly at the annual “Evening with the Artists” event. Wood’s artwork will be available for purchase at the Stan and Ellen Weisser Education Pavilion, located at 350 Terracina Blvd. in Redlands. Proceeds will benefit the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation’s art fund. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the evening’s elegant event. Tickets are $25.

The foundation’s art program began in 1978. Today, the hospital exhibits a collection of more than 800 works of original art and historic photographs in the Redlands Community Hospital Art collection.

For more information on the Evening with the Artists event or to RSVP, call 909-335-5540 or register online at www.redlandshospital.org/foundation/foundation-special-events/online-registration/default.aspx.

Visit www.hear2heal.com/artists-trudy-wood-c-161_185.html to see samples of Wood's artwork.