Robin was born in November of 1953 and it is rumoured that she started teething on Prismacolor pencils almost at once. She drew pictures when she was supposed to be taking notes all through school but made it through anywaywith good grades. However, all she really wanted to do was draw. She went to her first Science Fiction convention in the spring of 1972. (It was a Detroit Triple Fanfair.) Being a poor college student at the time, she lacked money for little unumportant things like food or a room. She noticed that other people were selling bad pencil drawings of Mr. Spock, and were making enough money to live at the show. So I said to herself: "Self, I can do bad pencil drawings of Mr. Spock!" And so she did and before she knew it she was a Con Artist. Robin graduated from Michigan State University in 1976 with a degree in Special Education for the Visually Impaired, and started teaching in Kentucky that same year. Two years later she moved to Washington DC with the man she (eventually) married, and stopped teaching. By early 1983 she got her first professional commission; doing the character cards for the Mayfair game, Dragonriders of Pern. From there she started to do a lot of stuff for Mayfair, and in 1985 got her first Dragon magazine cover. At the same time she started to do book covers for Llewellyn Publishing. In 1987, the year that her marriage broke up, I she did the now famous picture of Masterharper Robinton and (with a lot of help from Annie) that blossomed into the book People of Pern. After that she did the Robin Wood Tarot Deck, and just kept busy doing things for TSR and Llewellyn, and the odd bit for a convention or a private collector until 1993, when she got the flu and couldn't seem to get over it. The problem was diagnosed as a little condition called fibromyalgia (were talking 1995), and as it got worse she gradually cut back on the art. Eventually finding that it was time to call it quits, she pack the studio away. She did all her artwork on the computer until early 2005, when she finally pushed the fibro into remission (using a combination of meditation, yoga, biofeedback, and singing). From then on she was drawing again, although mostly sketches and things later scanned into the computer to do more work on. Robin also has written some books while she couldn't paint, one about Ethics from a Wiccan/Pagan perspective, one about the Tarot deck she did, and worked on three about LightWave. She re-married in 1990 and currently lives in Westland, Michigan with two cats, two snakes and seven computers. You can visit Robin's wonderful and extensive website by clicking here.

This is the picture of Robinton, Masterharper of Pern, as you can find it in the book The People of Pern by Robin Wood with an introduction by Anne McCaffrey, that was published in 1988 . Robin writes: "It's the only one I did without Anne's supervision. But I'm pretty sure she approves of it; she bought the original, and it hangs in her home in Ireland. This shows the much loved Harper when he was old, and had moved to Southern to settle in Cove Hold. In his hand he holds a glass of his favorite Benden Red wine, on his shoulder is his bronze fire-lizard, Zair."

There have been limited edition runs of this picture but those were sold out a long time ago. Since people never stopped stopped asking for copies Robin has issued an open edition. It is quite a bit smaller than the limited runs, and it's not a photoprint but a regular Epson print. The print has an image area roughly 8x10 inches and comes matted on a piece of foam-core board.

You can order this print at Robin Wood's own website but I can't link to the actual item so cick here and choose "Robinton" in the left hand frame (under Book Art). The print has an image area roughly 5x6.5 inches and comes matted on a piece of foam-core board.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Above you were able to read that Anne McCaffrey snatched up the original of this painting. Anne writes about this in The People of Pern: "...in 1986, while I was attending Darkover in Wilmington, Delaware, I got half-kidnapped to the Art Show 'where something might interest me'(hehehe!). I couldn't have missed it on a moonless night without my glasses. Where absolutely no one attending the Art Show could possibly miss him, there was the Masterharper of Pern, glass of Benden wine raised in a cocky toast, Zair peeping through his silvered hair, su[erbly limned by Robin Wood's sensitive craftswomanship. 'Did I mind?'she asked me timidly. 'Hell no!' and I put down my name and a fat price (the painting did go to auction, with the provision that I would top all other bids -- well, I hesitated just long enough to scare someone half to death)."

The picture to the right was taken by my friend Cheryl Miller, in Anne's dining room, back in May 2002, with my first 1megapixel digital camera (phone camera's do better nowadays). Still, as you will understand I do treasure this picture very much.


Above is a scan of the dustjacket art for the book The People of Pern by Robin Wood. The original of this is also in possession of Anne McCaffrey (see photo to the right).

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.
© Photograph by Hans van der Boom, all rights reserved.


I could show you all the portraits from The People of Pern here as Robin has graciously given her permission to use all her artwork for the Pern Encyclopedia. But because all the portraits are actually to be seen in that other, so important part of this website I will show you a selection of my personal favourites among the wonderful portraits Robin painted of the Pern characters we all so much love to read about.

Please note that all portraits are copyright Robin Wood 1980, 1988 and shown here with permission.

Weyrleader F'lar, rider of brone Mnementh.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Weyrwoman Lessa, rider of gold Ramoth with the famous Ruatan tapestry she used for her heroic jump between time to bring forward the Oldtimer dragonriders, in the bakground. Actually, I think the person on the tapestry is te one Fandarel was so interested in because he was wielding a flamthrower.. Top left the famous door can be seen which was so instrumental in dating the tapestry.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Weyrwoman Moreta of Fort, rider of gold Orlith.

Moreta was modeled after Anne's daughter Georgeanne (Gigi).

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Weyrwoman Leri of Fort, rider of gold Orlith.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Mirrim, rider of green Path.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Masterharper Sebell.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Headwoman Silvina of Harper Hall.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Journeyman Harper Piemur.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Master Harper Menolly.

Menolly was modeled after Anne's friend and stablemaster of Dragonhold stables Derval Diamond. A promotional poster was made for the book The People of Pern that has this art on it.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


F'lessan, rider of bronze Golanth.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Sharra, Lady Holder of Ruatha Hold.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Jaxom, Lord Holder of Ruatha Hold and rider of white Ruth.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Masterfisherman Alemi of Paradise River Hold, brother of Master Harper Menolly.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Brand, warder and manager of Ruatha Hold.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Groghe, Lord Holder of Fort Hold with Gemma, his gold firelizard.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Camo, son of Masterharper Robinton and Headwoman Silvina, kitchen helper at Harper Hall with Abuna and Kayla, cooks at Harper Hall.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Dag and his grandson Fergal of Ruatha Hold.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Masterstarsmith Wansor.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


Master Harper Morshal.

© Copyright by Robin Wood, all rights reserved.


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