William Thomas Nichols Boyce was a marine and landscape painter in oil and watercolour. Originally from Norfolk he moved to South Shields in 1872. He was a joiner and a draper before becoming a full time artist. Boyce exhibited at the South Shields Art Club and the Bewick Art Club, Newcastle, and at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from 1905 until his death.
Boyce's sons were all artistically gifted:Albert Ernest Boyce, Herbert Walter Boyce and Norman Septimus Boyce.