Drips of watery blues and globs of vibrant paint create images of the way Hayley views the world. She sees the world bursting with color and constantly draws inspiration from her surroundings. Hayley’s love of art has led her to across the east coast and around the world to seek inspiration from natural landscapes. Her work reflects her energetic and playful personality through loose and energetic brushstrokes that erupt with color. She has always believed the painting’s voice, not the artist’s, must speak to the viewer and for that reason she creates vivid abstracts meant to draw the viewer in to look deeper and longer.
TSS: How would you describe your personal style?
HP: My artistic style is completely derived from whatever is inspiring me in that moment. As an artist, I find inspiration from everything around me from the shadows on a sidewalk to a conversation with a stranger to the way the leaves sound rustling in the wind. My style reflects those little moments of inspiration and therefore is very reminiscent of my surroundings. It tends to be lighter and brighter in the summer and darker and more muted as the weather changes. I am always pushing to create something new and different and therefore my artwork is always evolving as I move places, learn and change.
TSS: How long does the average piece take you to create?
HP: The average piece can take anywhere from a day to a month. It all depends on my mood and if I am feeling inspired. Some pieces immediately work and everything clicks and some I spend weeks adding layers and have step away and come back many times before they feel complete.
TSS: What inspired you to become an artist?
HP: I don’t believe there was a moment when I didn’t believe I was an artist. I always had a need to create, but if I had to pinpoint my “aha”moment so to speak I would say it happened when I won a Publix coloring contest as a young child. I knew in that moment that this was what I loved and from that day forward I was “an artist” in my mind and signed for every class, camp and program I could. I still view art with that child-like fascination because its possibilities are endless. We can always learn more and I find that empowering and exciting. There is always room to improve and change.
TSS: What materials do you use in your mixed media?
HP: I typically start with paint then add in paper, tape and even thread as the piece evolves. Paint is loose and I have freedom to create bold lines and colors, but I love to contrast those marks with intricate thread work, textures and small details that require the viewer to get up close to fully appreciate the work.
TSS: How do you choose the color scheme for each abstract piece?
HP: Most pieces start with one color. I see that one color I love and just throw it on the canvas or paper. Then it evolves from there. Sometimes I know the colors that I want and other times its a process of layering and leaving the artwork for a day to find inspiration.
TSS: What is your process for creating an abstract piece?
HP: I am a very loose painter. I start each piece the same way; I dump paint and throw my emotions at the canvas. I lend myself the freedom to let whatever I am feeling appear on the canvas. Then I take a step back and take a moment before going back in with a detailed hand creating the piece with much more precision.
TSS: Do you employ any other styles?
HP: I try not to limit myself to any one style or put my art into a specific box. Being an artist is being able to evolve and constantly create, so if I let myself relax and fall into one specific style and try to copy it over and over I feel like Im losing my creativity. For this reason I try to push myself to switch between painting and sketching, sewing and collage to keep my mind and my work fresh.
TSS: How do you name your pieces?
HP: I actually really hate naming my pieces. I think of art as maps, where the viewer can walk up and be led to a new place. Similar to a map maker, I don’t need to tell them exactly where to go, what to see or how to get there, I just give hints and options of what to see. Sometimes artists give to much away with titles. I try to keep mine simple to not lead the viewer too far down a rabbit hole of what the picture is representing.