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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Jeffrey Hayes




"Most of my paintings begin with a moment of connection with a common object or scene: fundamentally re-viewing something I've seen around me dozens, maybe hundreds of times, and realizing that it has within it the seed of a work of art. These quiet, peaceful, and intimate moments are for me the essence of what it means to be an artist. They also have a direct bearing on the kinds of paintings I make. It's no accident that nearly all of my paintings are still lifes. I suppose they are really attempts to hold and savor these moments of mental and spiritual stillness.

"My work owes an obvious and conscious debt to the great Dutch still life masters of 350 years ago. With every brushstroke, I strive to meet the example they set; in balanced and graceful composition, clear observation, and precise execution. That said, I live and work very much in the present day. Although the influence is usually subtle, the modern sensibility inevitably expresses itself. I take a real delight in discovering the marriage of these two worlds.








"For me, the road to becoming an artist was not a direct one, and it took me a number of years to find this calling. My formal education is actually in music; I am an accomplished violinist and was a Ph. D. candidate in composition at a major university. Upon leaving graduate school, I was able to develop my interest in electronic and computer-generated music into a career as a computer programmer. For the better part of a decade, I worked in this field, ultimately becoming a senior software engineer at an internet commerce company.

"During this time, I began painting. What started as a past-time quickly developed into a serious hobby, and then a profound and abiding passion. Feeling that nothing worthwhile is achieved by half-measures, in 2006 I decided to set aside my engineering career and made a full-time commitment to painting. Since then I have produced a steady body of work and built a solid, growing base of collectors throughout the United States, and in several European and Asian countries as well.

"Outside of the studio, I am a broadly curious life-long learner, with history, astronomy, and Asian cultures being particular interests. I also have a fondness for world cuisines, and spend many happy hours in the kitchen. I truly believe that these varied experiences and interests make me a better painter - they certainly make me a better person. Every day, I'm deeply grateful to have the opportunity to devote myself to the never-ending quest to develop and perfect my craft.












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