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Wayne Webb b 1946 – d 2013
Charles Wayne Webb, American fine art painter and sculpture.
Born in Twin Falls, Idaho on December 29th 1946. Grew up in Castleford Idaho until age 10. His family moved to Phoenix Arizona for a couple of years, then moved to Albuquerque New Mexico.
He attended Sandia and Del Norte high schools, but went back up to Castleford and graduated with his originating class. Idaho is where he spent the majority of his summers with aunts, uncles and cousins. He loved the country life.
After high school he became an electrical lineman. Him and his father bought and alfalfa farm in Moriarty NM, this is where he would call home for the next 35yrs. Alfalfa got hailed on the first two years of ownership, so he brainstormed and became New Mexico’s first sod farmer. Growing grass for front and back lawns, plus numerous football fields etc for many to enjoy.
The last few years sod farming he got more into art. Always having God given talents, but lacked the confidence his art proceeds would be able to provide for his family. He took workshops under Mehl Lawson (Cowboy artist of America Hall of Fame), Bob Kuhns (Wildlife artist of America) and Murdick. Having done workshops in canvas painting and clay sculpting, he decided to buy a plasma cutter and do steel art as well.
At 55 He and his wife Barbara decided to sell the sod farm and move to Meade Kansas embarking art full time. Only having the youngest of five children still living under their roof.
He bought a store front and shop on Main street, US hwy 54. Painting the store front oranges and yellows, attracting attention like only he knew how. The store front worked as his gallery and painting studio, the shop in back housed his welder and plasma cutter. Cutting out cowboy and wildlife silhouettes, then setting them on his easel to paint and creating american south western fine art.
After enduring the hot, humid summers for four years, they decided to look for a cooler atmosphere. Selling everything once again in 2006, they loaded trailers and moved to Del Norte Colorado. Buying a new home and building a shop in back, this ol’ farm boy took to art once more.
In October of 2013 he made a trip to Albuquerque NM for a doctor visit. Finding, he had stage 4 cancer. The doctor offered chemo, Wayne said “No. I know where I’m going and I’m not afraid. I don’t want to die in a hospital being poked and prodded. I want to die in peace, at home.” the doctor said ok, we’ll make you as comfortable as we can then sent him home. On December 1st 2013, Wayne Webb took his last breath. Now… I’m sure he is in Heaven helping God paint clouds and sunrises and sunsets.
Throughout his art career he created many many pieces. From grand entry ways adorned with geese or deer and elk, to goofy dancing moose and overweight blue bears. Painting elk, bighorns and mountain lions to western cowboys and cowgirls riding bulls and horses, whether it be on canvas or steel. Sculpting horse and rider breaking across the plains, to a nude woman laying on big plush pillows. His life was good… For he was an artist.