December 5th was a milestone in my artistic career with the unveiling of a monumental sculpture. I had been commissioned by the Ohio Hospice Organization to create a large sculpture which was to sit in the waiting room of a new 30,000 square foot building in a modern new medical complex in Dayton, Ohio. I was challenged to portray the goals of that organization in offering state of the art, living-centered outpatient hospice care.
So I built and presented “The Bared Soul”, a story of a story teller. It is an old tree, scarred but still strong , with a playful heart. It is taking the opportunity of showing you its exposed roots, the part often not shown. Its underground story reveals the source of its strength, roots that have found a water supply and constant nourishment.
My hope is that the people sitting before it in the waiting room will also see that they have their own personal story, perhaps not yet expressed, and this is a good time to tell it.
Award of Distinction in Sculpture at Gainesville
This honor was a real surprise since it came at the last show of a successful 3 show Florida tour when my inventory had been drastically depleted. We are now working very hard to restore our inventory for the upcoming spring shows. We have lots of new ideas and improved techniques on these upcoming sculptures.
Award of Merit and Judges Choice Award at Queeny Park Art Show
We got the first place sculpture award at the nationally ranked Cincinnati Summerfair. And sales were good.
Susan and I stood on the bridge near our booth during our first showing at Columbus Art Fair. It was beautiful and broke our decade old weekend sales record.
We have had to withdraw from next weekend's Talbot Art show in Indianapolis in order to rebuilt inventory for upcoming Michigan shows. A great problem to have!
Susan will be spending a lot more time not just as our business manager but also in production, show sales assistant, and accounting.
We are doing a lot of great shows in beautiful locations this summer. I am determined to bring you concepts in artistic story telling you have never seen before. See the confirmed summer schedule.
Introducing my new BARED SOUL series. These tree sculptures with the underground roots exposed depict the complete story with the understructure honestly revealing the private underpinnings of the life of the tree character. Examples will be offered at upcoming shows.
I am expanding my line of new TABLE TREES available thru my studio directly or through Etsy.com. They are fun, fanciful, and functional. Give me a call to talk about them!
Wayne has recently shown the table trees at the Laumeier and Belleville Art shows. We are ready to take orders.
These tables are like no other. They are made with a custom welded steel frame which is anchored into rock and clad with copper. Intricate detail, mysterious hollows, and enchanting curves are molded into the copper. The surface is enhanced with patina to bring out the detail. The slab wood tops are developed with all their natural charm. Live edges and flowing curves in the wood are lovingly presented and given a simple oil finish.
I am very excited to offer my new, romantic, dancing Table Trees!
SPRING SHOW SCHEDULE
Five great shows to start 2018 were all ranked in the top 50 in the nation for 2017!
Feb 17-19 Miami, FL - Coconut Grove Art Festival
Mar 3-4 Fort Lauderdale, FL - Las Olas Boulevard Art Fest
Mar 9-11 Vero Beach, FL - Under the Oaks Art Festival
Mar 16-18 Winter Park, FL - Winter Park Art Festival
Apr 7-8 Woodlands, TX - Woodlands Waterway Art Festival
Awarded Best Booth in Show at Chastain Park Art Festival with 200 nationally juried artists held in Atlanta.
Introduced the Study in Struggle Sculpture
WATCH THE VIDEO »
Chosen for Award of Distinction in Sculpture at the Under the Oaks Art Show in Vero Beach, Florida.
You can now get up to date info on newest trees, shows, and great things happening in my tree business on my Facebook page
Wayne made a new Acacia Tree as a symbol of Africa. It was used as a fundraiser for Hearts and Hopes for Uganda to supply aid to the kids. It will become generally available in 2017
2016 Fall Art Schedule
Oct 1-3 Louisville, KY - St James Court
Oct 21-23 Memphis, TN - River Arts Festival
Nov 5-6 Gainesville, FL - Downtown Art Show
Nov 11-12 Maitland, FL - Art Under the Stars
At the recent Springfield Old Capital Art Fair, the director was honored with a choice of a piece of art from any of the 160 show artists. Kate Baima chose one of my sculptures.
Heart on Fire depicts unending joy and passion. It fits her well.
2016 Summer Art Schedule
June 3-5 Cincinnati, OH - Summerfair
June 24-26 Quincey , IL - Midsummer Arts Fair
July 1-3 Chicago, IL - Botanic Garden
July 9-10 St Joseph, MI - Krazl Art Fair
July 21-24 Ann Arbor, MI - South University Art Fair
July 30-31 Denver, CO - Cheeseman Park
Aug 5-7 Crested Butte, CO (Wait list)
Aug 12-14 Park City, UT - Kimbal Art Show
Aug 20-21 Lexington, KY - Woodland Art Fair
Sept 2-4 St Louis, MO - Queeny Park Art Fair
Sept 10 Indianapolis, IN - Penrod Art Fair
Sept 16-18 St Charles, MO - Mosaics Art Festival
Sept 24-25 Peoria, IL - Art Guild Fair
Wayne has been chosen to be the Juror for a national art show competition of Noticing Nature, a competition with 278 entrants vying for awards and a month long display at the Foundry in St Peters, Missouri. He will announce the winners at the opening reception on January 29th.
2016 Spring Art Schedule
Feb 13-15 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Artigras Art Festival (Pending)
Feb 20-21 Estero, FL - Coconut Point Art Festival
March 5-6 West Palm Beach, FL - West Palm Beach Fine Art Show
March 18-20 Winter Park, FL - Winter Park Florida Sidewalk Art Festival
April 2-3 Ridgeland, MS - Ridgeland Mississippi Fine Art Festival
At a recent Des Moines art show a man appeared in my booth and was studying my Big Hearted Oak. I spoke of its leadership qualities and mentioned that it was on the desk of 4 Governors. "Well, I'm a Governor", he exclaimed, "Could I buy one"? So multi term Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstedt, became the 5th to own this smiling leader tree. And I felt joy to meet him.
Margarittaville is a new sculpture commissioned by a guy who loves the feeling of sand, sea, and a hammock between a couple palms.
My Second Chance sculpture was selected as a major purchase award and donated to the new Lindenwood University. It is a story of new beginnings.
I was selected as a spokesperson for the upcoming Belleville Art on the Square( #2 ranked show in the nation). An insightful video was made of me and my work. In 6 minutes it tells the story of my work. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO.
At the highly ranked Gasparillo Art Festival in Tampa with 250 nationally selected artists I Knew there was no possibility of winning an award. So even though I was handed an invitation to the award ceremony, I skipped it the celebrate my birthday and a couple beers with my son at a bistro. Upon returning to the show the next morning I was astounded to have received 3 awards! They were given by 3 of the major show patrons who each selected my work as the pieces they wanted in their homes.
This was an honor which surpassed even my dreams.
New video vignettes have been added to the trees. You can watch the artist give a brief description about each tree.
After another record breaking sales year, we are starting this spring with a bang! Our first 5 shows are all ranked in the top 30 shows in the nation.We have been working hard to create new trees for this challenge. Can't wait to see you at a show!
2015 Spring Art Schedule
February 14-16 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Artigras Art Festival
February 21-22 Naples, FL - Naples International Art Fair
February 28-March 1 Tampa, FL - Gasparilla
March 27-29 Houston, TX - Houston Memorial Park - Art on Bayou
April 10-12 Chattanooga, TN - 4 Bridges Art Festival
At his first showing at the acclaimed Pensacola Great Gulfcoast Art Festival, Wayne was given the Award of Merit in Sculpture
Wayne was the featured artist and spokesman for the Talbot Street Art Fair in Indianapolis. His TV interview allowed him to speak of the motivation and joy an artist can find in his work.
"The Powerline Tree" is introduced on WayneTrinklein.com. This tree speaks to the righteous indignation displayed by the arboreal creature who was thoughtlessly maligned by the tree trimmers in its youth for the sake of the utility company’s purposes. Though physically scarred its spirit lives on, and inspires us to do better in the future.
For his effervescent daughter's upcoming wedding to her tall, quieter beaux, Wayne created Winter-Spring. In this piece, a stately pine overshadows and protects a dancing, sparkling Dogwood.
Wayne was commissioned to create a Lifetime Achievement Award for longtime US Senator Richard Lugar. He made a pair of Birches to symbolize the productive energy for our country's good which was facilitated by the relationship of Senator Lugar with his wife.
Won Best of Show Award at Park City Kimbal Art Show , a show ranked in the national top 10 art festivals . This unbelievable honor was his third Best of Show recognition for 2013! What a year of blessings!!
Along with 150 artists at the nature themed art show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Wayne showed his trees and was awarded First Place in Sculpture. Placed next to an aspen grove his aspen sculptures were particularly "popular".
Wayne was honored to get the Best of Show award at the nationally ranked Talbot Street Art Show in Indianapolis. This was accompanied by a great interview by the local CBS station in which Wayne was able to talk about what it was like to be a show artist. Watch the video »
At the recent historic Artfest on Walnut Street in Springfield , Missouri I was very happy to receive the Best of Show in 3D Award. My assistants, Andrea and Hannah were very proud of our newest work with trees finishing.
We did some rock climbing in Sedona and collected beautiful colored stones in the Minghus Mountains. These are the new landscapes for my newest trees.
I recently did a stone fireplace and mantel tree , sculpting a trunk and using rock as "sculptural painting"
Check out the beginning of this year's show schedule. We are again planning to be at 15 or so of the top rated shows in the nation, beginning with Florida and Texas.
We are developing a series of SEASONAL TREES showing the gorgeous colors imparted by the changes of life.
The Aspen is shown in the sparseness of winter, the green flush of Spring, and the celebratory gold of Autumn. The Maple flashes crimson red for the glorious days of Fall.
It was a great honor for Wayne to be asked to judge metal sculpture at the # 1 ranked art show in the nation. The King James Art Festival in Louisville asked him to evaluate the work his peer artists.
"I was flabbergasted by the honor, but I did my best, and learned a lot about my own work."
Wayne has produced 3 short videos which speak about the driving motivation behind his work, plus a brief tour of the production studio and show gallery. Hopefully they will help explain his passion and working day.
Motivation Behind Trees
Tour of Gallery
At the Halifax Fine Arts Festival in Daytona Beach Wayne won first place in sculpture for the second year in a row. The one on the Way sculpture was purchased by a man with a smile as big as the artist's.
The Spring schedule is posted and includes 5 shows which are ranked in the top 30 in the country. This years schedule will eventually include art shows in 10 States. We are very busy, and we love it!
Check out our new Facebook page!
In this page we will try to keep you abreast of the latest trees, newest developments, upcoming shows, and an inside view of the business. We hope to include feedback from customers. Click "like it ' if you find it helpful.
Stay tuned for a new Golden Series which show trees presented with leaves of gold leaf to flash brilliantly in the light. See the example of the Golden Ginkgo. More trees are being developed.
Wayne was selected to be featured in the cover story for Sunshine Artist Magazine, November edition. This is the #1 trade magazine in the nation and has 30,000 artist readers. Check it out!
"I was called by the editor of Sunshine Artist out of the blue, and asked to speak about my work for an hourlong interview. This 5 page cover story, pictorial article is a well written and accurate depiction of the motivation and joy I find in my work. It tells of an unexpected career and helps clarify why I feel so blest through my wife, family, and friends."
Wayne has 3 more great shows this year on his schedule! He was invited to show in the Festival of the Masters, a juried exposition where applicants need to have won a major award at a major art show just to be considered for acceptance.
Wayne hams it up in the Chicago skyline after taking the First Place Award for Sculpture at the Millennium Art Fair.
At the Barrington Fine Art Festival Wayne received a sculptural Award. He introduced , Jesse's Stump, a new sculpture portraying hope, patience, and promises kept.
We completed most of our Winter special large orders including this group of 6 foot trees shown here with my assistants, Andrea and Karen.
This has been a phenomenal year at shows for 2011, nearly selling out in Florida, Houston, and Kansas City. But we are working hard at rebuilding our stock, and have a great new selection to offer at our Spring/Summer shows (see Show Schedule). We have been invited to many top nationally ranked shows. We hope you can attend one of these great shows in your area, or just give a call with your needs.
We have worked hard all winter. My Spring season starts out with a bang with shows in Florida, Houston, Michigan, and Kansas City.
My gallery has a great selection
of new sculpture.
At the Halifax Fine Art Show in Daytona Beach, Florida, Wayne was awarded the top award in Sculpture.His children, Rachael, Noah, and a friend helped celebrate afterwards.
The Big Hearted Oak has become a very popular Signature tree. It show a tree enjoying its playful side after a lifetime of service.
Wayne and Susan had great shows in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Beaver Creek, Colorado. His sculptures will be seen there in extraordinary nature galleries there amidst first class fossil and mineral displays. (See http://www.bynaturegallery.com/).
Between these two art shows they climbed the peaks of three mountains and returned to base camp tired, but with packs filled with beautiful rocks for future trees.
At the Chicago Eastside Millenium Art Fair on Michigan Avenue near "The Bean," Wayne was honored with the First Place Award for Sculpture.
During this spring's Artist in Residence in Sedona, we hiked Red Rock country. Our friend , Brad accompanied us on a particularly spectacular climb to the summit of Cathedral Rock.
The trail was steep with the need to find hand holds and creases in the rock face to proceed. It was there that we met a necessary creature, an old conifer, along the route. I reached up to its extended limb, and found the bark worn smooth from the grip of countless trekkers.. This experience inspired my newest Signature tree sculpture, the Helping Hand.
Introducing a new sculpture, called Heart on Fire.
"In this smaller piece of sculpture I wish to show an individual aflame with passion, overflowing with desire to tell the world of the joy and love it has been granted. Though blazing brightly, it holds tightly to the rock, andis never consumed."
Check out or revised 2010 show schedule, See you at a show!
Purchase Award by Walt Disney Corporation - Wayne Trinklein was selected to show at December 2010 Downtown Disney's Salute to the Masters.
At that show he was chosen for Disney's Purchase Award to be displayed in the headquarters building. Disney Vice President Tim Bradford personally picked the adventurous and playful Cedar by Water's Edge.
The 2010 Show schedule is posted. This year we are doing new shows in Florida, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, and Colorado, as well as repeat visits to Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, and Wyoming. Besides another excellent year of sales, we hope to get in some serious mountain trekking and nature viewing. We hope to meet with many of our wonderful custumers this summer and show them our newest inspirations.
New Tree Personalities web feature has been added. Click on left bar to find a tree that fits you, or the person you wish to honor.
Featured spring trees - sales are brisk for our new White Dogwood with its lacework of layered branches, as well as for the exuberantly joyful Redbud.
Wayne won First Place in Sculpture at the Cedarhurst Art Fair in Mt Vernon, Illinois. This was followed by a commission by the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center for a group of trees to honor the Directors and Board of Trustees.
Edens Theological Seminary commissioned a processional cross consisting of a "Tree of Life" crucifix mounted on an orb of cherry wood to be used in the student chapel. A dedication ceremony will be held at the Edens Chapel on November 2nd. Post picture of cross.
A new sculpture, the "Impossible Dream", is introduced on www.waynetrinklein.com site. It was inspired by the untimely death of a family member. A Live Oak tree, with limbs reaching to improbable lengths, honors the life of a dreamer who didn’t seem to accept the limitations of life.
Wayne will be showing at the Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on November 13th through 15th. This exclusive show should be very good. Just to apply to be juried into the show, the applicants must have won a major award at a major art show last year.
If you are in Chicago December 3-6, Wayne will have a complete showing of his Signature Trees at the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart.
Wayne received the Award of Merit for Scuplture at the Arlington Heights Promenade of the ArtsMay 2009
Wayne Trinklein was the featured artist at Belleville Art on the Square, the consistently top ranked fine art show in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. A wonderful 2 page article about him and his work was published in the newspaper. Click here to download a PDF of the article.
Wayne was the featured artist in Cityscapes Magazine. The influence of his family in his tree characters was highlighted. Download the article.
Wayne was the featured speaker at the unveiling of his sculpture for the City of St Charles Bicentennial Year. The sculpture named "Heart on the River" stands over 8 feet tall on its walnut pedestal, and features three trees at a river’s edge. It is on permanent display at St Charles City Hall.
Six major awards for 2008!
First place in Sculpture - Arlington Heights Promenade of the Arts
Buyers Club Award - Leesburg, Florida Fine Art Festival
First Place in Sculpture - Midwest Salute to the Arts
Best of Show - Springfield Artfest on Walnut Street
Best of Show - Cedarhurst Art Festival
Purchase Award for Sculpture for permanent exhibit in Cedarhurst
Art Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Check out the home page of www.roccorbett.com. Roc, an artist from Bigfork, Montana, is a long time customer who uses my sculptures in his magnificent chantileers.
||This couple from Washington bought a large aspen just moments after I met my Susan for the first time. “Couldn’t get your attention”, they said. This year they returned to buy the Redbud which my wife inspired.
||Jim Theobald from Illinois uses my sculptures in his gorgeous dioramas together with antique brass animals.
||This 10 year old girl used her own money to buy the Redbud. You can see she was one happy girl.
||This old gentleman bought a tree for the “beautiful girl“ he was dating last year. This year they returned to say they got married.
||The director of the Cedarhurst Museum of Art came by my booth to pick up the “Sanctuary” sculpture they had chosen.
Showing his new “Signature Series” of trees (www.waynetrinklein.com), Wayne received first place in sculpture at the prestigious Arlington Heights, Illinois, Promenade of the Arts.
A new order form is published. Note that the distinction between “standard” and “premium” trees no longer exists. Over the past few years, we seem to have lost our ability to make a standard tree.
We have moved to a new location with a new gallery and production studio in St Peters, Missouri just 10 minutes from our old place. More room, more trees, more birds and lakes. We would love to give you a tour. Check contact information for directions.
Wayne is getting married to Susan, the lovely girl who has frequently been trying to manage him for the past two years. She and Artistic Assistant, Keri, are frequently seen helping him at shows. See Pictures.
Recent awards and recognition
Leesburg Florida Fine Art Festival
March 2008 Buyers Club Award
Springfield Artfest on Walnut Street
May, 2008 Best of Show Award
Wayne is one of 100 artists selected from a panel of 1100 applicants to show at the nationally acclaimed Art on the Square in Belleville, Illinois on May 16-18th.
Check out the new Languid Lover and Dance Too Far at Woodland Grove Gallery, Long Grove, Illinois, or on www.waynetrinklein.com.
August 2007 Update
In the 20th annual, August 24-26, Midwest Salute to the Arts Festival in Fairview, Illinois, Trinklein was greatly honored to receive First Place Award for Sculpture, and a $1000 prize. His new "Signature Series" of trees were received with excitement by the judges. See www.waynetrinklein.com
From Sept 18-24th, Wayne and his staff will be Artists in Residence at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and give demonstrations daily on aspects of tree sculpture craftsmanship. Come and see him and other selected juried artists from Best of Missouri Hands.
Wayne has introduced a new website, www.waynetrinklein.com. In this site you will find the very latest in signature trees showing bold new presentations of dramatic concepts. These trees have taken a leap of faith in design and new techniques to offer his very newest and best in museum quality sculptures.
In July,Trinklein won the Merit Award in Sculpture at the highly rated Arlington Heights Promanade of the Arts
This was a banner year with Wayne gathering Best of Show or recognition awards at 5 events. The display and promotion has been upgraded and new production personnel have been added. We have worked very hard to keep up with demand, and develop new sculptural dimensions.
Springtime and Romance
We are very excited to introduce a new line of trees at this time. These trees depict the color, excitement and romance of springtime. For the first time we have used colorful polymer resins to add florets and/or leaves to our traditionally fine sculptural trunk and branch detail. These trees are smaller and more dainty than our traditional tabletop line, but lack none of the exquisite attention to detail and naturalistic design. Early response indicates that these gems, mounted on semiprecious stones will warm the heart of your loved one. A parchment with poetic verse is provided with each tree. See these flowering trees on the Tree Pictures
In June, in a field of 85 artists from 12 states, Wayne
got the top Award of Excellence and $1000 prize at the Westport
Festival of Fine Arts held in St. Louis.
He will be the featured artist at the Alliance Art Gallery in
Hannibal, Missouri in September. His works will be shown alongside
of the watercolors of award winning, Brenda Beck Fisher.
Check out the new Vinegate sculpture,
a romantic rendition of the gateway to the vineyard experience.
Included is an option for a custom made photo or logo plaque
of your design, hanging in the gate.
New trees available:
The Bristlecone Pine, a sparsely leafed antiquarian.
The Ginkgo is the modern day dinosaur from a prehistoric era.
Awards and Publicity
In June 2005, Trinklein won first place in 3 Dimensional
Art at the Hannibal Rivers Arts Festival. In September, he returned
to the show of 100+ artists, and crowds of 60,000 to win the
Best of Show award.
October, Wayne did an artist in residence at Donalds, a new
large gallery in Appleton where he was featured under a replica
of the Hindenburg.
Sales have been extraordinary, with Morton Arboretum in Lisle,
Illinois taking delivery of three orders totaling 37 trees this
Decorative trees are a new addition to our line. These
trees are slightly smaller that our tabletop size, but are finely
detailed. They are mounted on a showy rock of green peridot
or green quartz. (You can specify the rock or we will choose
for you.) These trees are finished with a green patina at the
terminal branches to give an overall green coordinated color
to the sculpture. Although more showy and colorful than the
standard line, these trees still have a natural, believable
appearance of a living tree.
Our business continues to grow, there has been no recession
for us. We are blessed with so many reorders that we have had
to curtail our shows. We have moved to
a new studio, bigger, brighter, better ventilated and
easy to get to. We are very happy for
your business, and love making trees.
For years, people have asked about weathering of the trees outdoors.
We have developed a chemical patina option
which quickly gets your tree to look like it has been in the
rain for a long time. Some even like it on indoor trees. It
looks particularly authentic on the conifers. We charge
an extra $10 per tree for the treatment if you specify it.
New trees available. Some "exotic"
trees are being more commonly requested.
- The spreading Banyan tree, with
multiple trunks, and adventitious roots.
- The Bald Cypress with its tall
fluted trunk and knee roots rising out of the water at the edge
of a shallow bay/swamp.
- The Weeping Willow with its
languidly drooping branches, sometimes at water's edge.
These trees can be made with a special request. Contact
Premium trees are offered to the
most discriminating customers. Though we make all our trees
to be beautiful, we select out specimens which we judge outstanding
because of dramatic presentation, and esthetic appeal. These
trees are taken from standard production and finished with extra
care, and given a numbered embossed seal on the underside to
label them as our very finest.