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Wayne Roten 
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Wayne's World
Wayne RotenI was born in Los Angeles to a jazz musician father and an opera singing mother. Listening to "live" music from birth, fused itself into my soul and led me in a creative direction.

I began surfing at the age of 12 years, I was fascinated by the drawings of Rick Griffin and John Severson of Surfer Magazine. I tried to copy their styles. When I entered CSUN, I found out there was a lot of more than just surf art and began changing my style into very esoteric themes.

Strangely enough, after I graduated from Cal State, I got a job as a Private Investigator, as I was not making much of a living from my artistic endeavors. I eventually started my own P.I. Agency and rarely painted.

Then one night I read about an Annual Surfer Magazine Collage Contest. Just for the heck of it, I whipped out a collage in about a half hour. I sent the piece to Surfer Magazine. I had forgotten about it, when one night I was thumbing through an issue at a local store. To my shock and amazement, I found that I had placed 4th out of 75,000 entrees worldwide. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized I should paint things that make me happy, like surfing. I began churning out two to three paintings a week. Through word of mouth and some advertising, I started to make a name for myself. Since then, I have found that being an artist, I've met famous people,my work has been displayed at the International Surfing Museum, auctioned at the Surfriders Foundation Annual Gala. I was recently picked to display my current mixed media style on HGTV. As an addenum, I just had one of my paintings grace the cover of Longboard Magazine's Annual Surf Art Issue. I am truly humbled by this great honor. I've changed my "pen name" to Ueno (Wayne-o) who was a great Buddhist teacher in early Japan. I have been practicing Buddhism for 47 years, which has given me the courage, strength and inner happiness to take on the difficulties of being an artist.

Like every artist, I would like to be able to support my family through my art. To me, Art is like Music. It can raise a person's life conditition and can bring them happiness. Please feel free to e-mail me and we can talk about what you would like. I.E. A canvas reproduction, your budget, a signed and numbered lithograph, etc.

I'm not some eccentric money grubbing maniac. My clients are the most important thing to me and I will go out of my way to make you happy.

Sincerely, Wayne D. Roten
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