I believe the most successful art is an expression of the human spirit and our common humanity. It can inspire and lift us emotionally and intellectually. It may give us insight into ourselves and our world.
I grew up in a large family in Hyde Park, a part of Boston. My father, Edward J Boyle, was an attorney and very involved in Boston politics. Hyde Park felt like a small town, with its many shops and businesses, and public transportation into Boston which I used from my teen years to explore the city. Experiencing the city, from the gritty to the elegant, was a strong influence on my art and life. I also had art influences in my family as my mother attended Mass Art, leaving before graduation to work as a draftsman in a shipyard during WWII. Mass Art had a very traditional curriculum at that time, drawing with charcoal from casts and setups, some of which I still have showing her drawing skill. My uncle Jack Clift taught art at the Museum School in Boston where I would visit him, seeking feedback for my painting and drawing efforts. Another strong influence was my aunt Ruth Libby, a superb draftsman and painter, who graduated from the Museum School and had a career in fashion illustration. My mother spoke often of her great grandfather, Roland Forbes Libbey, who painted landscapes in the late 1800s, a number of which I own today.
Some of the traditional teaching in art school persisted when I entered Mass Art in 1968 as we started with the fundamentals, drawing from casts of cones, spheres and cubes, but it quickly changed with the influence of abstract expressionism. Fortunately, Dan Kelleher kept the life drawing sessions going and those became my strongest interest. While in college I had the opportunity to travel to Europe and the Middle East. I returned and the next year took a leave of absence from school and traveled to Alaska. I lived in a small fishing town on the Kenai peninsula for four years. It was an immersion in a place of dramatic beauty and a community of interesting characters where I developed friendships with local artists and started an art center with them. When I returned I completed my degree focused on printmaking, specifically lithography. I did a series of watercolor animal characters based on the many characters I had experienced growing up in Boston and had a one person show at the Newton Public Library in 1979.
After college I raised a family and had a career in graphic design and illustration. During those years I took workshops and classes in a variety of media. In the past five years I have gradually returned to painting and drawing full time and recently have moved into a studio near my house in Wayland, Mass. Working in a variety of media allows me to explore different approaches to art. I can be creative and open to happy accidents with mixed media and monoprinting. With oil painting I choose a more traditional approach, usually focused on still life and flowers, to develop craftsmanship and discipline in observation.
My work is in a number of private collections and I donate work for charity auctions and community fundraisers.
Wellesley Society of Artists
New England Watercolor society
Oil Painters of America, associate member