Country Music Singer Songwriter – Wayne Longton


Country Music Singer Songwriter – Wayne Longton – Oil on 11 x 14 Canvas Panel – We were old friends, for six decades plus. Wayne suddenly passed away in late April 2012. Recently, Wendy,  his widow asked me to do a portrait of Wayne with his warm and always present smile. and I agreed. We last sat, sipped coffee and reminisced in northern Iowa at the Longton home in August of 2011. At that time he mentioned his life in music was a hard life, but well worth the heart ache and effort.  This painting is based on a photo of him I took on that occasion.

Wayne was inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

I for one will miss him.


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Russell BakerSacramento, Northern California, United StatesAs a student in northern Minnesota I enjoyed being an artist. My uncle Charles: C. X. Carlson, a noted author, artist and muralist was a great influence me. I sketched and painted everyday until age sixteen or so, then it seemed as though life took over. Now, 40+ years later and retired, I have returned to the more pleasurable pastimes of my youth. This year, 2007, I started drawing, painting and playing music once again. It will be interesting to see where these endeavors guide me and how my skills in turn develop over time. Everything I offer here is an original. Some may be renditions of other works I find interesting, however originals just the same. If you see something you would like to purchase, email me.