The Denver Post
Doctor illustrates hard work and a good eye for treatment
Eye for art
Yakes said one of the attractions of medicine is the fact that imagination can lead to unheard of innovation."I think the most important aspect for an innovator is recognition — seeing something no one else saw while looking at the same thing."That same quality is what draws Yakes to art. When he was a boy, making those trips to the art museum, Frances says Wayne would often notice the subtlest details in the works.As the years went by, Yakes' love of art grew. When he still worked as a radiologist, Yakes would moonlight at hospitals in Denver and Longmont, and in Wyoming, using the extra money to pick up paintings and sculptures.Today, Yakes — married and with two children — owns more than 2,900 pieces, some of which are displayed in some of the world's top museums.Yakes' home could pass for a world-class gallery. There is a self-portrait of Dutch painter Piet van den Boog hanging in a basement bathroom. In a corner, there's the portrait of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks infamy, painted by former Boulder resident Jenny Morgan and used on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Magazine earlier this year.