Martin Hayes

Martin has always drawn and painted from childhood to the present.
After studying Industrial design at Leicester Polytechnic he has had a varied career as a commercial artist in different environments. First working on wallpaper and textile designs. He was a photographic re-toucher and artist in National press. He freelanced in advertising as a story-board artist and illustrator then ran his own Creative Services studio in London for 15 years. He has produced creative products for manufacturers in Germany and China.

Martin’s inspiration comes mainly from nature. He has a great passion for the countryside and all that is found there. In addition to landscape painting he also draws and paints wildlife subjects.
He finds there are infinite things to stimulate an idea for a painting.
In particular ‘light’ and how it affects everything, altering colours and most importantly giving an overall ‘mood’. He paints some subjects more than once, perhaps at a different time of the year, or time of day.

Martin paints in both oils & watercolour, the enjoyment is equal for him. The process of ‘making a picture’ by drawing and painting has always given him pleasure. Just recently he has started to produce Lino-cut prints as an added spectrum to his portfolio.