"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." -- William Butler Yeats
Hello, my name is Wayne. I am an artist and a poet. I live, love, draw, paint and write in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.
Back in the late 90's, I discovered that my artistic daemons live inside a Bic 4-Color Ballpoint Pen. One hot summer day, while doodling in a 3.5 by 4.75 inch Borden & Riley sketch book, I came up with my image called "Ice Cream Cone." At that moment, I realized that I can create a “finished” piece of art almost anywhere in a short period of time. I could create art in coffee shops and hospital waiting rooms and bus stops, as well as sitting at the kitchen table. I was artistically unleashed.
Since then, I have filled scores of these little sketch books. Many of these pictures stand on their own as pieces of art, such as one titled "Eddie Piano," which I framed and presented to Edwin as a gift. However, many of my drawings are studies for bigger projects and paintings. Ideas from my sketch books segued easily to acrylic paints as well as ink, graphite, pastels and charcoal.
These days I have a home studio and a backlog of ideas that will keep me creating art until the end of my days. I primarily work in acrylic paint on canvas or on wood panels. However I occasionally dive into illustrated poetry and two dimensional mixed media work.
I have long-standing relationships with a couple of non-profit organizations. Each year, I donate a painting for each of these causes as well as other gifts as requested. It's important that we use our talents, whatever they may be, to make this world a better place.
While my projects continue to get larger and more exciting I still retreat into my comfort zone of tiny little sketches using a four-color ballpoint pen.