WHERE: Why art? What made you want to be an artist?
Hayley: Ever since I was little, art has always been a huge part of my life in one way or the other. It is really challenging to pursue art as a career, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!
W: Do you have any professional training?
H: After I graduated from a specialized Fine Arts high school in Ontario, I studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I also received my degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from the Vancouver College of Art and Design.
W: What mediums do you work in/prefer?
H: I absolutely love experimenting with all sorts of mediums, and am constantly wondering how I can combine materials together in an unusual way. However, I definitely gravitate towards pencil, watercolour, and oil paints… oh, and glitter, of course!
W: What is your favourite subject to paint/illustrate?
H: I love drawing portraits—specifically, girls and women who are both feminine and fierce. I also love incorporating elements from astronomy—stars, galaxies, and planets.
W: You recently started painting skateboard decks. Where did the inspiration come from?
H: I was getting a bit tired of always drawing on paper and wanted to try something completely new and unfamiliar. I also loved that this would make my artwork portable, and introduce my work to an entirely new group of people.