Contemporary! Southern! Slightly Humorous!
A self-proclaimed vagabond of the Deep South, Hayley’s sentiment for bygone attitudes depicts the vibrant slow-pace of Southern afternoons. Her recent collection of figurative paintings captures the complexity and vitality of the American South. Her palette is vivacious, bold, and full of life. Preferring turquoise blues, olive greens, muted tones and unfinished background surfaces, her palette is distinct. Hayley’s technique of evaporating background into swarthy brushstrokes allows time into the work, the acknowledgment of memory, which is imperfect, always unfinished, and congruous to the retro aesthetic and mood.
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What gives you inspiration or motivates you to create art?
People and the environment I live in. I paint a lot of portraits. I love the diversity in the world we live in and studying faces.
Tell us about your first art show or first painting you sold.
I’m pretty sure the first painting I sold was to my Mother. I can’t recall my very first show or first sold painting.
Tell me what your are working on now? and what is the title?
I’m about to start a new series inspired by my summer travels. The title is “Traveling Tan Lines”.
Who is your art role model, mentor and/or art teacher?
I love so many artists. I don’t have one certain role model. However, Alice Neel, David Hockney and Lucien Freud are among my favorite artists.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Don’t paint to sell, paint what you love to paint and what inspires you in your gut.
What music do you listen to while painting or creating?
I paint to all music genres. It depends on my mood on that particular day.
How do you describe your work/style? What themes do you pursue?
Contemporary, Southern, Slightly Humorous.
What do you hope others see in your work?
What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
Too many to list. I love all my paintings for different reasons.
What is your favorite or most inspirational place.
New Orleans, Alabama beaches, ANY arts and music festival in the South.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Follow your gut and dreams.
What’s on your walls?
A few of my paintings and a lot of art I’ve collected for years.
What do you love most about being an artist?
The total freedom to create something out of nothing.
If you could purchase one work of art, what would you select?
“A bigger Splash” by David Hockney.