Hayley Hamilton

I attended Central St Martins School of Art in London, England

I emigrated to NZ in 1997. I work from an open studio workshop in Raglan. I mostly paint and make ceramic sculptures . I have dabbled in commercial illustration and my latest endeavour is a combination of drawing, painting, collage and digital art.

I never really know what to label myself as I consider myself to be an illustrator, a visual storyteller, maybe a painter or a sculptor. After the practical restraints of using clay artistically, I love the freedom of painting and alternatively illustrating brings me just as much joy I am currently learning how to create digital art , which I absolutely love.

Curiosity and variation have always been an essential part of my creativity. I am striving for a connection with the viewer of my work. To tell a relatable story is my intrinsic goal. The ideas are constant , like a chatter in my head that I need to pair back. I am inspired by everything and anything from Renaissance embroidery, the family dog asleep on his bed or the expression of a stranger. Through the chaos that this brings emerges the seed of an image that I then work on until I am satisfied.


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