Growing up near the sea in Lincolnshire meant that Edward Waite took a keen interest in surfing. In fact, this fueled his passion for arts back at school and allowed him to develop strong styles. Through his experience with surfing, he came up with ideas of painting styles. This allowed him to develop his style through his A-levels.
However, at university, Waite found his style changing. He was lucky to find a lot of time for his creative mind as he had
the freedom of interpreting the subjects. His current style developed after he moved to Lincoln. The main reason was his awe for the city buildings and structural surroundings. Such buildings along with the vibrant lights and sounds of the city were a stark contrast to his seaside upbringing but this matured him to a great extent as an artist.
Waite admits that he would look upwards all the time which led to him tripping often as he took a walk around the city. Apart from these buildings, Waite has also been influenced by painters Kiefer, Pollock and Kline.