"At every crossroads in life we hear little voices. The loudness of life muffles them sometimes, but they’re still there - listen.
One voice is fear and one voice is love. Trust Love. He will take you where you need to be. Look for the love, and the wonder of childhood in everything life throws your way. Recognise it and create it.
That is what I believe life is about.
My art is really a by-product of me figuring out which voice is which and making sense of the world around me. I hope that through my art you may enjoy the wonder of childhood and learn to listen to your little voice. Remember: trust love and ignore fear (fear is bad)..."
"The creatures are lost, trying to find their way home, wherever or whatever that may be and are 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 I follow them wherever they go. Somehow during the process of creating, they show me the way."
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