Craig Yeats lived in West Vancouver and was an avid sailor, racing for many years with the West Vancouver Yacht Club.
Yeats studied art at the Ringling School of Art And Design in Sarasota, Florida, earning the Lauren Wilford Scholarship in 1973 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting in 1974. He went on obtain a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1977.
He painted realistically and impressionistically for many years, but came to a point where he felt that those styles were cramping the impact of his paintings.
To simplify, he began painting over his old paintings with a palette knife instead of a brush, obliterating the detail and reducing the images to basic colour and design.
Texture, colour and design became more important, and the subject less so.
Yeats’ recent paintings are mostly semi-abstractions of West Vancouver landscapes, still lifes, figures and nature.
In British Columbia, his work has been displayed in galleries in Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, White Rock, Kelowna, Britannia and Whistler.
Corporate collections include Bull Housser Tupper, Equifaira Advisors, Teck Corporation, The Insurance Institution of British Columbia, Odlum Brown, Campbell Zenk, Clark Wilson, DLA Piper LLP and Pinton Forrest Madden.