About The Artist ~ Sherry Hayes
Artist’s Reception At Juried Art Exhibition
Being Interviewed For CABLE 14 TV -Hamilton Life
Art has been part of my life since early childhood. Being born and raised in the country, it was easy to draw my inspiration from Nature and all of the beauty it has to offer the observer. Self-taught and with my love for all things Nature, I instinctively ventured into wildlife paintings, exploring animals, birds and more.
I often create ‘vignette’ paintings which can be defined as a snippet, fragment or cameo. I am drawn to the purity of my subject and have a fondness for creating a true contrast between my subject and the background. I enjoy the strength of the piece when presented in full colour on a pure white or solid black background. It is a challenging technique as there is no ‘hiding’ ill-placed brushstrokes that could easily be camouflaged in a normal background setting.
A visitor to an art exhibition once commented – ‘Your paintings allow the viewer to look past all of the normal clutter and just focus on the true subject’. It was a simple yet powerful statement of acknowledgement of my style. To achieve this in each work of art, I continue to strive for subject truth and clarity.
On full coverage paintings, I make every effort to ‘tell a story’, whether quickly understood, subtle, or with deep meaning such as my newest and most significant line – Endangered Species…The Darkness Series which is a subject very dear to my heart and designed in a haunting yet beautiful form.
My ArtFusion line combines graphically enhanced black and white photography with very specific brushstrokes to create a highly dramatic and unique work of art.
The Rebirth of an Artist…
As a landscape designer I have worked hard to capture the essence of my clients’ outdoor needs by creating personalized design plans, serving well in excess of a thousand satisfied homeowner/clients since opening my business in 1996.
While I thoroughly enjoy my design business, the desire to revisit painting has been ever constant. And so, I picked up my brushes again. Through the years, with the minimal time available, I completed a handful of wildlife paintings amongst other subjects. I am honoured that several of my wildlife pieces were chosen to be part of Juried Art Exhibits.
With great pleasure, I continue to work with my landscaping clients while my renewed journey with art has me exploring what the canvas holds for me, currently and in the future. With inspiration from the splendor of Nature and all that surrounds us in this glorious world, there is no doubt that the artist that has always been within me will continue to grow even more.
My hope is that everyone will enjoy the true beauty of Nature, places and people as I see and translate them through my art. I hope it will bring inspiration to everyone that has a passion for art and the beauty that it holds. I look forward to sharing with all of you, my visions and works in their many forms through Artscapes by Sherry ~ For The Love Of All Life Great & Small
All art begins with a vision. Whether an artist chooses to work in realism, modern, abstract or anything in between ~ there is always a vision. Sometimes the end result represents that exact vision. And sometimes the final piece takes on a new direction or a very different ‘feel’.
Wherever the journey takes the artist ~ the most important aspect of any work of art is the true and honest interpretation of the subject as seen and created through the vision of the artist…
Below is one of my ‘in progress’ paintings and my step by step process as I see the subjects and interpret my vision through to the final layout.