With a studio based in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, she has naturally embraced her landscape surrounds, sometimes incorporating it into her figurative works.
In 2000, Hood gained her Masters Degree from Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, with a thesis comprising an investigation of ‘gender politics, cultural mores and taboos surrounding the representation of the male body.’ The following year Hood held her first solo exhibition at Mori Gallery, Sydney. Since then she has exhibited in countless solo and group shows around Australia with a gallery to represent her work in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Following her Archibald Prize win in 2002 for a portrait of Simon Tedeschi ‘unplugged’, she won the Kedumba Drawing Award in 2003. Hood subsequently had works hung in the Archibald Prize on six occasions. Amongst her portrait subjects are painters Matthys Gerber, Ben Quilty, Michael Zavros and pianist, David Helfgott. Her portrait of Tedeschi is one of relatively few Archibald winners in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Hood’s works are in leading state, institutional, private and corporate collections around Australia and in public and private collections around the world.