Walter R Sickert once wrote that "the most fruitful course of study" for the painter "lies in a persistent effort to render the magic and poetry which they daily see around them". When looking for inspiration, this quote always seems to come to Wayne's mind.
The primary aim of his painting is to capture the atmosphere and culture of the everyday environments we inhabit, as he perceives or experiences them, which is why he is continually drawn to urban, social, industrial and cultural subjects as a motif. There resides a fascination with how we are connected through a mutual experience and shared urban or domestic spaces.
Although draughtsmanship is fundamental to the work, he doesn't necessarily wish to produce an accurate topographical documentation, but rather capture an intimate, emotive sense of the everyday. Realism is not the intent. Sometimes working from direct observation and sometimes working from old film based photography, not tending to use a single source of reference but refer to various sources for each painting. The paintings are 'searched-out' by the progressive (sometimes destructive) application of numerous interacting layers and marks, constantly moving the active paint layer around. Exploring temporal qualities is exciting to his painting process, hopefully adding a feel of movement or transition with a contemporary approach.
President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists