Artist feature - Martin Hayes Jun 29 2017

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At Advocate we're always on the hunt for talented artists of all backgrounds, and painter Martin Hayes certainly fits the description! The UK based fine artist's work frequently explores snowy scenes and portrays stunning wildlife, which is why he'd best be suited for licensing and wall art. Want to see more? Hope on over to his online Advocate folio!

"After living a year in Canada, I lived in the Cotswolds & Tewksbury in Gloucestershire. We moved to Lancashire when I was 6, and that’s where I really grew up. It was during these years that I developed my love of all things to do with natural history and landscapes. Drawing and painting were more or less an everyday activity. Both of my grandfathers were competent painters – and I was taught a lot about wildlife by my maternal grandfather. A big influence on me in both art & wildlife was the work of Charles Tunnicliffe – he illustrated many series of PG tips tea cards – which I collected avidly. He also illustrated the marvelous ladybird books ‘What to Look for’ – Spring-Summer –Autumn & Winter.

I attended Art School in Wigan, then went to Leicester Poly to study Industrial Design in Ceramics & Glass. I have worked as a commercial artist in several fields. Firstly in Wallpaper & Textiles - this involved preparing artworks for making printing rollers, which were used to print both textiles and wallpapers. It was very technical but quite rewarding. The next position was as a Photographic Retoucher & artist, for national press titles.

After a move to London I worked as a Visualiser in Advertising. I worked freelance through studios, producing work for advertising pitches or campaigns, mainly storyboards. I also did some illustration for publishing & press. In 1990 I started a creative services studio and we did storyboards – animatics – and illustrations for some major advertising agencies in London.

I have always painted for pleasure – in spite of my day job. I have had various exhibitions and worked on commission. I have also produced some painting tuition products for a company in China - which also includes writing books for them.

I am enjoying producing linocut prints, a recent discipline for me, as well as painting. My favourite medium is watercolour. I like the challenge of recreating a feeling of a place or a mood."