introducing Hayley Martin

emerging artist & recent VCA graduate, Hayley Martin,
creates her nature-inspired artworks with pen, ink, gouache, tape & metal-leaf
layered on watercolour paper . . .

read on to discover more about this young Australian artist

tell us about your creative background & studies

Last year I graduated from the VCA with a bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual art.

how did your craft begin and how has it evolved to this day?

I grew up in the country surrounded by nature and my parents' wonderful garden - a little oasis off the beaten track. My siblings and I would fill our days with various creative projects; painting, drawing, sewing and playing in the garden. I definitely think this upbringing has had a huge influence on the love I developed for art and creativity. I don't think those close to me were surprised when I decided to study visual art at a tertiary level. 

is there anything or anyone that inspires you or your work . . . where do you look for inspiration, or does inspiration find you? 

Absolutely! I have scraps of paper filled with scribbled notes that I have jotted down at a gallery, come across in a book, or just discovered or thought of at a certain moment . . . wherever I may be, whatever I may be doing. I came across a famous quote by Picasso a few years ago and it has stuck with me - 'inspiration exists but it has to find you working' . . . I think there is a lot of truth in it! My main source of inspiration is definitely nature - the magical colours, organic shapes and various textures that appear. 

' the beauty of the landscape continually inspires me '

whatโ€™s one of the most important things youโ€™ve learnt about being an artist? 

Believe in yourself!

is there anything you hope your artwork brings into peopleโ€™s live or gives to the world? 

Happiness. I hope the calm and organic nature of my work brings joy to people.

whatโ€™s one of the most exciting things to happen in your creative career so far? 

I had my first solo show in Melbourne earlier this year - that was pretty exciting! But even more so is when someone tells me the joy they get from my work - for me, it doesn't get any better than that! 

what do you love most about Australia?

I think Australia is a wonderful place for so many reasons! It is the beauty of the landscape that continually inspires me. 

visit Hayley's maker's page
to find a hand-picked selection of her original artwork