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Wayne Byard

Wayne has had an interest in wildlife and the outdoors all his life; combined with his natural artistic ability his focus on wildlife art has been a natural progression. While still painting wildlife, Wayne is now enjoying painting landscapes and seascapes, drawing inspiration from his many trips. Through his art he hopes to share some of his experiences and interpretations of nature.

Wayne uses many methods for inspiration but all include some interaction with the natural world, whether it is feeding birds from his balcony or seeing something special during one of his many trips. Some of his work has been inspired by experiences during extended travels in Australia and overseas. Some of his major trips include a 70 day 3200km human powered trip from Broome to Darwin and a 4000+ mile tandem bicycle trip, with his wife Alexia, through Europe and Canada. These trips involve walking, kayaking and cycling through remote areas giving him the opportunity to see many birds and animals in their natural environment.

Over the past 15 years Wayne has exhibited widely across Australia and participated in residency programs from Port Douglas to Uluru and Fraser Island. He has worked with other artists in workshops and held a number of solo and joint exhibitions, including informative demonstration days.

Most of his work is watercolour and gouache paintings of Australian wildlife, however he is always experimenting with mediums and subject matter, some of his new work include acrylic seascapes and snapshots of the landscape. There has been a lot of interest in his intricate coloured pencil drawings and his striking black and white ink work. Wayne has received many awards and his work can be found in local and international private collections. He enjoys working closely with clients and finds commissions very rewarding and sometimes surprising. His passion and understanding of wildlife and their interaction with the natural environment is evident through out his work.

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