IN THE STUDIO
Bill Boyd has had a strong sense of self expression from a young age. In art class his use of big strokes of paint and dark colors unsettled his 2nd grade teacher, and the concerns she expressed to Bill's parents lead to time spent at a military school. Bill was understandably a bit hesitant about creative expression for a while! Eventually he gave in to an ever present urge to create, and took up photography as a way of recording his reactions to life. At 60, after retiring from a distinguished career as a civil engineer and litigation consultant, he once again picked up a paintbrush.
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Early forays into painting realistic subjects felt subtly awkward to bill, and they quickly gave way to an exploration of the emotionally expressive use of bold strokes and dramatic colors that had intrigued him as a child. As Bill's interactions with the paint and canvas became more intuitive, his fascination with the connections between the colors and marks grew.
Bill, who fills sketchbooks when travelling, often begins a painting with a spontaneous graphite line drawing. While jazz music plays on a vintage turntable, Bill uses large paintbrushes and palette knives, paint scrappers and kitchen spatulas to apply areas of color in layers with acrylic and oil paints, watercolors, oil pastels, gel mediums and cold wax techniques.
Whichever medium Bill is reaching for, the constant is his development of connections. He works best when he is reacting to what is happening on the canvas "purely and in the moment".
Bill equates the development of his images with the push and pull of the earth moving he directed as a civil engineer. Abstract shapes are being moved, and forms uncovered. As a painter, Bill describes himself as "sculpting with color and marks", moving from chaos towards the connections of relationships.