Wayne Baize has shown an interest in art since his school days in Hamlin, Texas. His First private art teacher was Sarah McDonald, a friend of Frank Tenney Johnson. Today old classmates claim they still have sketches that he did back then. After high school graduation, Wayne set up a drawing table at Luskey’s Western Store in Abilene where he worked on portraits of people and horses.
been thankful that he took the step to be a full time artist when the
of western art was on a huge upswing. He recalls going to Bill
shows in Dallas at the Adolphus Hotel where a sell-out was almost
Often, when the doors to the show were opened, people stampeded into
ballroom to grab the purchase tag off of the picture they wanted.
Sometimes they settled for any painting with a tag they could grab.
remembers taking a place behind a pillar before the doors opened to be
out of the way of the stampede. He believes the art market today
is much more stable that it was back then because buyers have become
more discerning about the art they buy.
was invited to become a member of the Cowboy
Artists of America. Wayne Baize considers this to be the
honor that he could obtain in his art career. Wayne’s studio is
by art awards with he has received from around the country through the
years. These include the silver medal award for drawings at the
Artist Show . Most recently he was
the American Cowboy Culture Award for 2004.
Baize’s paintings and drawings have graced the covers of several horse and cattle magazines including The Quarter Horse Journal, Western Horseman, and the Texas Hereford.
be viewed at his studio near Fort Davis, Texas,