Wayne Wagstaff

Most of Wayne’s life has been on the West Coast enjoying the outdoors and it shows in his works.  As a boy, he spent summers at Sprout Lake, the falls Salmon fishing and the rest of his time with the Boy Scouts.  At seventeen, he got his first taste of travel and went to the 4th Nippon Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan. He brought over 300 pictures of his trip home.  Little did he know his camera would someday be replaced by his brush! After graduating from university he moved around a little and then with his wife Sandra and their two children Michael and Kristin settled in Surrey.  The summers still meant camping and some fishing!
As he approached retirement, he started restoring old vehicles which including painting them!   On one vacation with his wife Sandra, she got him to try oil painting.  He started painting old cars onto canvas and then moved to painting birds, fish and other outdoor life!  He has now been drawn back to painting old metal again, but this time it is the old hand saws that interest him.  He is now restoring these old carpenters and loggers saws and using them as his canvas.  These saws are now hanging from the west coast of Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.  He has a 60 inch, two men bucking saw showing the life cycle of the Pacific Salmon at the Little Campbell Fish Hatchery’s Education Centre.

I Saw Series:

A few years ago a friend was moving and was going to throw out some old hand saws.  No one uses hand saws any more, so they were going to dump them!  I could not stand the idea of them all being destroyed so I took them home. I put them with the other stuff too good to throw out!   One day, as I was about to start a new painting, I thought why not do the painting on an old saw.  It would look cool!  I had restored a number of old cars. If I can repaint old cars, why not repair the old saws and paint on them, so I started.  I prefer the saws with character, the ones that show the work they have done!  I usually paint wildlife such as eagles, whales, trout, and salmon.  I have painted on, old, six foot, two men saw buck saws and I have a number of them hanging in local fish hatcheries.  I hope you enjoy the art work and think back to that time when we all had to cut everything by hand!  When life so slower and harder.

Giving Back

I would like to invite you all to drop down to the Tynehead Hatchery and the Semihamoo Fish & Game Club’s Little Campbell Hatchery to see the wonderful work these two totally volunteer groups do. Part of every sale I make will be given to the local Salmon Hatchery Program here in Surrey BC You can also see some of my work hanging in their education centers.