Patricia M. Hayes
fine artist and graphic designer
Beginning with photography, I explore abstract compositions in nature, and extend the creative process with oils on canvas. Clarity, line, form, color, positive and negative spaceóI search until I find what simply looks interesting to me. Intentionally using both sharp and soft focus, Iím drawn to the soft, painterly quality of elements outside a narrow depth of field, as well as the sharp, irregular lines weaving through the images.
Born and raised in Easthampton, Massachusetts, I was interested in drawing as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. By the time I was an art major at nearby Smith College, I was also working in oils and printmaking. These days I earn my living as a graphic designer, live in Hadley, MA, and my fine art endeavors involve oil painting, photography, and graphite.