Wayne became a tetraplegic after he was involved in a freak accident at work in 1985. His natural ability to draw encouraged him to enrol in art classes at the Otara Spinal Unit in Auckland, and he quickly developed the skill of mouth-painting.
In 1993, he was accepted as a MFPA Student member. He also won ‘Best Amateur’ and ‘Most Promising Artist’ in the Bruce Hopkins Awards of the same year.
Wayne enjoys painting landscapes, still-life and animals.