My life’s story began on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1946. It was a wonder of smells and sights. My father was a  geophysicist and a devoted teacher. And my mother had a deep appreciation for beautiful things. We later moved to Madison (Wisconsin), where my father headed up the geophysics department at UW. He was then invited to start a new Institute of Geophysics at the University of Hawaii in 1962.  I have basically lived in the islands ever since. 

Hawaii is full of natural beauty. It is healthy place to live with clean air, clean water, trade winds, a benign climate, friendly people and color everywhere. In addition, I was lucky to have a family that supported my art and loved to travel. We spent many happy days camping in Europe and I painted and studied art everywhere we went. 

With a solid foundation in European art and history, I began my studies in earnest around 1965. First, I spent a year in Aix-en-Provence (France), painting in the footsteps of Cezanne. Then I earned first a BA in painting and then an MFA in printmaking at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. This was followed by a two-year artist’s fellowship in Paris, where I worked on my prints at the Cite Internationale des Arts and the Atelier 17.  There was a short interval studying marble carving in Italy and then I got a teaching  fellowship at the Lacoste School of the Arts in southern France. 

In lock step with my growth as an artist, has been my development as a teacher. These two paths together make up my artistic career. I am equally passionate about both. I believe that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

George Woollard has had 28 solo shows and has been in approximately 320 group, invitational or juried exhibitions. Venues have included galleries and museums in France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Finland, Korea and Japan as well as spaces  in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles  and Honolulu.

His work can be found in the collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, The Hawaii State Art Museum, The Persis Collection, The University of Hawaii, The State Foundation on Culture and Art, Queens Hospital, Kaiser Foundation, HMSA, The Four Seasons Resort, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Resorts, Exxon Corp., The Biblioteque Nationale des Art, Paris, France and numerous private collections both here in Hawaii and abroad. 

George Woollard received fifteen Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Art purchase awards, Pillsbury artist’s fellowship to Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, Russel Davenport award at the Artists of Hawaii (top painting award), Best in Show award by Hawaii Watercolor Society, Artists of Hawaii, Jim Winters three dimensional award (top award in sculpture), John Young Award (top award in printmaking), Honolulu Printmakers Annual Exhibition award and others.

George Woollard is currently teaching printmaking and painting classes at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and at his art studio in Palolo valley in Hawaii. He has also conducted numerous art workshops including fifteen art and study retreats to Europe and South America.