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“The artist is the confidante of nature.” Auguste Rodin

An artist who is more than confident in and of nature is Wayne Chunat of Lakeland Fl. Wayne is a self-taught artist whose first love has been always been wildlife and the natural world. He has been drawing since grade school when a teacher noticed his talent and took him to the Cleveland Museum of Art to sketch the masters.
Wayne has developed his own style and techniques by observing nature and learning from other artists. He practices mostly in acrylics, but uses watercolors, oils, pencil and sumi inks or other medium and technique needed to express his vision and feeling for the subject. Wayne specializes in North American wildlife, historic structures and landscapes. But he is equally skilled at painting life size animals to the smallest detailed miniatures.
While managing the Carroll County Ohio Art Center for seven years Wayne developed programs and exhibits that brought an entire rural community to an awareness of the arts and artists that surrounds them. He received several grants for the center and oversaw many structural upgrades to the arts building.
In 2014 Wayne moved to Florida and became involved with the Lakeland Art Guild and Ridge Art center of Winter Haven, earning prizes and awards as well as selling both his standard sized works and miniatures. He is also a member of the Miniature Society of Florida and the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC and Cider Painters of America. Since moving to Florida, Wayne has taken an interest in plein aire painting since there are many opportunities to practice this art form.
Wayne has a BA in biology and geology from Kent State University and has taken art courses from Arleta Pech, Florian Lawton, David Rankin, John Seery Lester and John Banovich. Before retiring in 1998, he was a naturalist and urban forester for the Cleveland Metroparks and a director and superintendent of parks and recreation for the city of Mentor, Ohio. He currently teaches an acrylic class and has organized a resident art show at his current home in Woodbrook Estates in Lakeland Florida. When you view his latest works, both large and small, you will see this talented artist is truly a confidante of the natural world.

Support for Conservation:

Over the past 42 years, Wayne has used his professional experience and art endeavors to support local park districts and non- profit organizations in NE Ohio. The past 12 years he has directed substantial effort towards creating one of the newest County Park Systems in Ohio, the Carroll County Park District. Wayne has served as president of the board focusing on park facility development, funding and land acquisition.
Other organizations Wayne has supported include
Cleveland Sight Center
Lake Metro parks
Geauga Metro parks
Pittsburgh Aviary
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center
American Wild Turkey Federation
Carroll County Arts Center and other local non-profits

Special Achievements:
  • 2017 - CAGO on Line
    4th Place Landscape Yosemite Valley
  • 2017 - Richeson 75
    Merit Award
  • 2017 - Lakeland Art Guild
    Merit Award
  • 2017 - Strawberry Festival
    3rd&4th Place Professional
  • 2016 - Ridge Art
    2nd Place
  • 2016 - Lakeland Art Guild, Peoples Choice

  • 2016 - St Augustine Art Association, Honorable Mention

  • 2016 - Ridge Art Association
    Honorable Mention
  • 2015 - Ridge Art Association, Second Place

  • 2015 - Lakeland Art Guild, Merit Award, Peoples Choice

  • 2015 - Miniature Art Society of Florida, Honorable Mention

  • 2015 - Lakeland Art Guild
    3rd Place Professional
  • 2014 - St Augustine Miniature Show
    Honorable Mention
  • 2014 - Ridge Art Association
    Honorable Mention
  • 2014 - Richeson 75 Meritorius Award

  • 2014 - Contemporary Art Gallery on Line
    3rd place Landscape
  • 2013 - Exhibitions
    Miniature Art Society of Florida, Tarpon Springs , Florida
    Arts in the Park Inc. Lakeland , Florida
    Ridge Art Association, Winter Haven, Florida
    Wyoming Cares, Showcase Artist, Rocky Mtn Art Show and Auction May 4, 2013
  • 2013 - Arts in the Park Honorable Mention

  • 2013 - Cider Painters of America
    Excellence in Acrylics
  • 2013 - Ridge Art Association
    Award of Excellence Printmaking
  • 2013 - Arts in the Park
    People Choice
  • 2013 - Oceanside Art
    Second Place
  • 2012 - 1 st place Casper Art Guild, Miniature,Wyoming

  • 2012 - Exhibitions
    Artists for Conservation, Vancouver BC
    Cider Painters, Miniatures
    Ohio Valley Art League, Kentucky Wildlife Exhibit, National Show
  • 2011 -  Kishman Plein Aire Award, Minerva, Ohio

  • 2011 - 2nd place ODCCA, Westlake, Ohio

  • 2010 - Miniature Society of Florida
    2nd Place, Print Making
  • 2010 - Ohio Decoy Contest, Westlake, OH
    Second Place
  • 2009 - Algonquin Mill Festival, Carrollton, OH
    Best in Acrylics
  • 2009 - Renaissance Art Gallery
    Sabrina Reyntjens Merit Award
  • 2008 - Geauga County Metro Parks
    People’s Choice Award
  • 2008 - Algonquin Mill Festival, Carrollton, OH
    Best in Watercolor, 2nd place Acrylics
  • 2008 - Wildscape Magazine
    Best interpretation of movement
  • 2008 - Mendocino Art Center, CA
    Best in Oils/Acrylic
  • 2007 - Wind River Valley Artist's League
    First Place, Acrylic Birds Miniature
  • 2007 - Algonquin Mill
    Best of Show, First Place
  • 2007 - Steifel Art Center
    Honorable Mention
  • 2007 - Miniature Society of Florida
    Third Place, Acrylic, Animal
  • 2006 - Miniature Society of Florida
    Second Place, Acrylic, Animal
  • 2006 - Miniature Society of Florida
    First Place, Acrylics, Animal
  • 2006 - Susan K Black Foundation Art Workshop
    First Place, Acrylics
  • International Exhibit of Nature in Art 
    Participating Member - 2011, Lion's Mane jellyfish
    2012, Portal to the Sea, nautilus
    Published by: Artists for Conservation
Organization Membership:
  • 2014 - MPSGS
  • 2009 - Cider Painters of America
  • 2006 - Miniature Arts Society of Florida
    Miniatures in acrylic, intaglio printing


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