Collection: Boyd Waites

Boyd Waites has been drawing and painting and creating since an early age.  Waites attended Chester School of Art foundation course and then a BA(Hons) degree at Central St Martins in the UK, where he was brought up, in the south (Kent), but with family roots in Yorkshire.  After completing his degree Waites continued to paint in earnest for a few years however eventually after meeting his wife Carol and starting a family a job was needed. Waites entered into the IT systems arena (oddly having done Art, Physics and Maths at A level!) and followed a career for many years while sporadically working on drawings and paintings as well as producing rafts of doodled drawings in notebooks at work, which he wish I had kept!

Recently Waites has returned to painting in earnest and full time, operating between Studios at Lake of Bays and Oakville in Ontario, Canada. 

Waites has always been most interested in our natural surroundings and people as well as people’s impact to nature.  Waites works is not interested in faithfully depicting a particular place, his work could be categorized broadly as Abstract Expressive Landscape.

"I keep inside emotions and feelings about places and my own experiences or inner reactions and their memories.  These come through in the work I do, expressing the landscape, weather,  the air, sky, sea and land expressed as light, moods and tones.  It's about the natural landscape but mostly it's about our inner condition and the sensory nature of people and moments that enrich and inform our condition." - Boyd Waites

Waites mainly paint in oils as he finds the natural softness and long drying time suits his process, process can often be rather engaged almost meditative or highly energized,  Waites frequently makes a lot of noise to the bemusement of those around him! Waites normally working on a few pieces at any given time, contemplating and coming back and working/re-working until he think it's done or in some cases just knows it is finished. 

Waites absolutely love what he is involved in doing and feels like he is in a race to catch-up for lost time.  There is an urgency to do as much as I can and to push forward.

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