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?

Big Easy Eating 24x24 Acrylic on Canvas $1500 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.

The Old Fashioned 18x21 framed Oil on Canvas $1400


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”.

 Silver Fox 16x20 Oil on Canvas $1200

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.

Aunt Sally 11x13 framed Oil on Canvas $750What 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.Linda 8x10 Acrylic on Panel $450

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?


Willie Mae Seaton 11x14 Acrylic on Linen $550What 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.

Georgia 12x12 Acrylci on Linen $600What 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.

Big Ass Hat 26x38 Oil on Canvas $2500

What do you love most about being an artist?

The total freedom to create something out of nothing.

Lenny 16x20 Acrylic on Canva 41200


If you could purchase one work of art, what would you select?

“A bigger Splash” by David Hockney.


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