From an early age, Boyd was encouraged by his parents to create. There was never a shortage of art materials at the Boyd household. Even the walls of his childhood bedroom were left unfinished so that he could draw at will. He was influenced by his father; the elder Boyd is a renowned illustrator and character who draws for Jeff Foxworthy and Mark Morgan, Inc and once proprietor of The Print Shoppe in Newnan. Luckily, young Boyd was also heavily influenced by his mother, Rosalyn Boyd, the "quintessential southern belle", beloved Heritage school teacher, and instructor to thousands with a penchant for dance and music. These facts coupled with early indication that the young Boyd had little, if any, math, organizational, or social skills pointed towards a life of crime or a career in the visual arts. After much consideration, Boyd chose the latter of the two.
As those early dreams of becoming a hired assassin or race car driver began to diminish, Boyd settled into the life of an artist. After moving to Savannah for school, Boyd began studying architecture, then graphic design and finally art history and illustration at Savannah college of Art and Design. Boyd graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 1995. Boyd painted his first painting during this time, focusing on the moonlight through the live oaks of Savannah’s Washington Avenue.
In 2004, Boyd's father grew ill, and the younger Boyd was asked to take the reigns at Mark Morgan, Inc, an editorial cartoon syndication company, until his father could get back on his feet. With the elder Boyd now back in good health, father and son have continued working together on the editorial cartoons and can be seen at the Redneck Gourmet in Newnan each Saturday morning, planning and plotting their latest editorial attack. The father-son team also produce e-greeting cards with Jeff Foxworthy, which can be found at www.foxworthyredneckecards.com. The two Boyd's are also responsible for the design and execution of design work, murals and signage for The Redneck Gourmet family of restaurants.
Boyd's love of painting has been an odd journey resulting in many different types of paintings. Boyd considers himself an obsessed experimenter, not having settled on a single style or a concentration of subjects. Boyd’s pieces range from the expressionistic to the abstract, with subject matter that includes everything from trees and landscapes to chairs and doors, and sizes varying from small studies to murals.
Recently Boyd has been focusing on alla prima oil paintings of still lives and landscapes, especially a new found love of plein air painting. Boyd has been experimenting with daily painting, which is exactly as it sounds. He attempts to paint a piece a day and documents it on his blog with a written journal about each piece. Most of these pieces are smaller in scale. In 2009, Boyd was accepted as a member of the online art movement DailyPainters.com as well as a member of OPA. Boyd is predominantly a self- taught painter having studied under Millie Gosch, Gene CostanZa, Jill Steenhuis and Marc Chatov.
Boyd’s work can be seen at Quincy Ave. Art and Toys in Seaside , FL, The Flint Gallery in Newnan, GA and Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, GA. Boyd’s work can also be seen at his studio by appointment. View Boyd’s work at www.compelledtopaint.blogspot.com and at www.dailypainters.com. You can also find him on Facebook by searching Compelled to Paint