About The Artist

Wayne Trinklein works full time in a small studio with a few assistants who share his passion for life, love, and joy in goodness. There is frequent laughter, and many stories of adventure and humor are told, and encouraged. Fanciful scenarios and discussions of unlikely characters fill the air. But it is all about people- their strengths and frailties, laughter and tears, victories and failures, forgiveness and hope.

The tree sculptures began as Christmas presents for each of his four brothers over 30 years ago. From the very beginning he wanted to express his admiration for special qualities he saw in each of them. After years of climbing and studying hundreds of trees, and learning of their secrets of anatomy, and adaptations to our world, he had developed a special affinity for them. It was easy for him to parallel his love and respect for his brothers to the dignity and individuality he saw in trees.

Wayne is a man who feels deep gratitude for the love and acceptance he has received from God, and from the many people placed in his life. These blessings have brought insight into the common needs of all humanity, and the unique ways each individual pursues them. His sculpture graphically, and realistically presents this natural drama, in trees. His trees are true to their innate character, and demonstrate through their living, the nobility and dignity allowed through forgiveness and hope.

Awards, Special Commissions, Recognition

2015 Best of Sculpture – Maitland Fine Arts Festival, Maitland, Florida
2015 Best of Sculpture – Queeny Park Fine Art Show, St Louis
2015 Purchase Award for Lindenwood University – Belleville Art on the Square
2014 Award of Merit – Great Gulfcoast Art Festival, Pensacola, Florida
2014 Best of Sculpture – Queeny Park Fine Art Show. , St Louis
2014 Best of Sculpture – Arlington Heights Promenade of the Arts
2013 Best of Show – Park City, Utah Kimbal Art Show
2013 Best of Show – Artfest on Walnut Street, Springfield, Missouri
2013 Best of Show - Talbot Street Art Fair , Indianapolis
2013 First place in Sculpture – Chicago Botanical Garden Art Show
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award – made to honor Senator Richard Lugar              
2012 Served as a Juror for St James Court Fine Art Show, Louisville
2011 Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture Award – Barrington Festival of the Arts-Barrington, Illinois
2011 First Place in Sculpture- Chicago Eastside Millennium Art Fair
2011 Cover story on Trinklein in Sunshine Artist magazine. Nov. edition
2011 First Place in Sculpture – Halifax Art Festival- Daytona Beach
2010 Best of Sculpture Award – Chicago Eastside Art Fair in Millennium Park
2010 Best of Sculpture Award – Halifax Art Festival, Daytona Beach, Florida
2009 Bicentennial Sculpture for City of St Charles City Hall – “Heart on the River“- An 6 feet tall triad of trees standing at a river’s edge
2009 Featured artist in Belleville News-Democrat for the nation’s top rated Art on the Square More information
2009 Featured artist in Spring edition of Streetscapes Magazine Download the PDF
2009 Purchase Award – Festival of the Masters, Lake Buena Vista , Walt Disney Corporation for sculpture to by placed in their Executive Headquarters
2008 First place in Sculpture - Arlington Heights Promenade of the Arts
2008 First Place in Sculpture - Midwest Salute to the Arts, Fairview Heights, Il.
2008 Best of Show - Springfield Artfest on Walnut Street
2008 Best of Show - Cedarhurst Art Festival, Mt. Vernon, Il.
2008 Purchase Award for Sculpture for permanent exhibit in Cedarhurst Art Museum