Wayne Baize grew up just a few miles from the famous Swenson SMS Ranch near Stamford, Texas. His first private art teacher met Frank Tenny Johnson when he visited the SMS Ranch. On the family stock farm Wayne learned the value of a good horse and helped break colts as a youth. As he developed his artistic abilities his dreams began to materialize when he realized he could make a living depicting his favorite subject matter — the life of the contemporary cowboy and his animals.
Wayne is honored to be able to gather subject matter from famous ranches all across the country including the 6666s and the 06 Ranch. His artwork has been featured in galleries and shows from New York to California.
In 1995, Wayne was invited to become a CAA member. Being a member is the fulfillment of a dream, but also serves as a challenge to become a better artist. Wayne has served as a Director in the organization, Vice-President and President, and he currently serves on the CA Board. He won a Silver Medal in Drawing and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Award for Best Portrayal of a Cowboy Subject at the CA annual show. He has won numerous other awards and his art has been featured in major magazines such as Western Horseman, The Cattleman, Quarter Horse Journal, The Hereford Journal, and Texas Monthly.
Wayne and his wife, Ellen, live in far West Texas on a small ranch near Fort Davis where they raised four children and run a small herd of registered Hereford cattle. There, Wayne continues in his focus and passion to carry out the CAA mission to “authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of Western life in fine art.”
To be horseback out in the open when a storm and lightning is moving in is not a good situation. Lightning has killed livestock and many a cowboy.
Turning the Leaders
Some cattle are hard to handle in rough country and it takes a good cowboy and horse to keep the leaders held back with the rest of the herd.
A Heart for the West
Women who love the West and the Western way of life help pass it on to their children.
Sit Tight & Hold On
The chuckwagon is home to the cowboy out on the round-up . When changing camps, the chuckwagon leads the way with the remuda of saddle horses coming behind. The springs on the chuckwagon don’t make for a smooth ride and when going down a steep slope and turn, you had better Sit Tight & Hold On.
Learning the Ropes
To excel at anything, it is good to start young learning the tools of the trade.
A wild runaway cow is hard to handle, but a good cowboy can rope her and she learns pretty quick who really is in control.