"The creatures (or voices) are lost, trying to find their way home, wherever or whatever that may be. Each painting is part of an ongoing narrative which continues in each artwork I create, like pages of an evolving book on walls, canvases and objects, across the globe.
Each piece refers to the next and somehow during the process of creating, they show me the way. My hope is that somehow they may help others along their journey too."
There is something quite fantastical and a little bit dark lurking in Hayley’s work. Utilising various surfaces from walls to found objects as her canvas, Hayley’s unique style displays a technical approach, mixed with nostalgia and humour. Surface images that might otherwise seem inviting, have an other-worldly quality that take them places beyond the image in front of us.
“I enjoy her illustrations very much, an intriguing sense of a larger narrative going on behind odd little fragments. I particularly like the interventions on found imagery, playful and strange, as fun to paint I imagine as they are to look at...”
"There is an inherent sense of wonderment in much of the work that eludes to childlike innocence, though the presence of darkness and the corrupt is never far away."
“She weaves a poignant narrative into almost every piece -- a message for each person to reflect on in the moment like “take the leap,” and “dream big.” - The Huffington Post
“Welsh is young but already an accomplished artist with obvious technical ability and a unique style. Her work can best be compared to Mark Ryden’s, featuring big-eyed creatures that are so cute they can’t be trusted; an ominous softness.” -Ask A New Yorker