In his paintings, Waid attempts to convey the fundamental processes of nature: growth, decay, life, and death. Images that initially seem abstract slowly reveal themselves to be close-up views of various natural elements such as flora, insects and the desert landscape. Waid’s intention is not to paint depictions of nature but rather to use his art to replicate nature’s process, to create the way nature creates. For Waid, the creative process is a moment of discovery. Multiple layers of paint are thickly applied then selectively scraped away revealing hidden images. He rarely works with sketches, applying the paint directly onto the canvas and letting different forms and colors suggest new ones. The result is as much a surprise for him as it is for the viewer.
Jim Waid has painted professionally for nearly 50 years. He has had numerous prestigious gallery and museum exhibitions. His works are in the permanent collections of such prominent institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Denver Art Museum, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oklahoma State Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona just to name a few. Waid is represented by the prestigious Riva Yares Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Santa Fe, NM, Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago, IL and now the William Havu Gallery in Denver.