Connie Hayes


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Connie Hayes is a painter living in Rockland, Maine. She received her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, and Rome; her B.F.A. from the Maine College of Art in Portland; and her B.A. from the University of Maine. She received a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1989. Born in Gardiner, Maine she taught at the Maine College of Art for 10 years, also participating in arts administration there for 15 years, including serving as their interim Dean of Faculty. In 2003 she was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the Maine College of Art. From 1992-1998 she lived in New York City. Since 1990 she has been painting on location through her Borrowed Views project and developing figurative work in her Rockland Studio. She serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Review “In all respects, Connie Hayes is a fearless, intuitive painter. Her highly colorful, strongly stroked canvases look like the result of an orderly process of sketches, underdrawing and application of paint. In reality, although she sometimes uses such aids before she approaches the easel in her capacious studio, most of the time she starts work on a blank canvas, wielding a 3 to 4-inch wide brush to get going. Then, as she says, she “dives in,” composing the rest of the picture, much of which she may have thought out in her head, balancing images and colors to achieve a satisfactorily aesthetic final result. On some occasions, she says, “the paint speaks to me and I go off in unexpected directions. I like surprises.” This is an extremely intense exercise; Hayes says she gets into a “zone” until the work is finished or set aside for future amendments. Her subjects range from boats and water to communities viewed from ships or roads, to backyards, house interiors and floral still lifes. “I like not being pigeon-holed, Hayes says. Her brightly hued colors, which often have nothing to do with the actual look of the original building or boat, are chosen with deliberation, depending on what role she wants the painted object to play in the overall composition. Her radiant blues, blazing reds, and sunny yellows make ordinary scenes come alive and help draw viewers into the painting. Often of late she has utilized more muted colors to achieve the results she seeks. After a long stint as a teacher and administrator at the Maine College of Art, Hayes has worked at the top of her game since moving from Portland to Rockland in 2005, about half the period covered by this exhibition. Much of her art results from her “Borrowed Views” project, in which she spends up to a week painting in and around the homes of friends all over Maine. Ever trying new approaches to her art, mindful of art historical precedents and armed with a spirit of adventure, Connie Hayes has many interesting paintings ahead of her. Whether borrowing views or moving about on her own, it will be interesting to see what this thoughtful, gifted painter achieves in the years ahead.” written by Stephen May for “A Decade of Views” exhibition, Dowling Walsh Gallery, September 2009 BOOK CONNIE HAYES, PAINTING MAINE PAINTING MAINE The Borrowed Views of Connie Hayes by Carl Little (introduction) and Chris Crosman (foreword), Borrowed Views Press, 2004


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Connie Hayes Gives an Artist Talk: “What is Teachable and What is Learnable about Painting?” Strand Theater Rockland, Maine, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Now available to view online: This topic springs from people asking why she has not taught for a long time and why she decided to teach this summer in Italy. Connie will show images of her own art from childhood, student days and current work in conjunction with her exhibit at the Dowling Walsh Gallery. She will talk about various ways to learn and teach that exist in schools, colleges, museums, workshops, copying masters, self taught artists, apprenticeships, etc. Q & A in the Strand following the talk.

Connie Hayes was selected as a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, where she spent the month of April 2013 with a group of artists and writers for intensive exploration within an interactive culture of creativity among several disciplines. Connie Hayes’s illustrated talk, ”Photography as Sketchbook: Exploring Gesture”, July 17, 2012 is available to view online: Fine Art Connoisseur magazine reviewed Connie Hayes’s July 2012 exhibit in their August issue. To download a copy of the article, click here: Connie Hayes Fine Art Connoisseur. Connie’s July 2012 show was reviewed in American Art Collector magazine’s July issue. To download a copy of the article, click here: Connie Hayes American Art Collector. Connie’s show was also highlighted in Maine Home + Design’s April 2012 art issue. To download a copy of the article, click here: Show Stoppers. Connie Hayes gave a presentation, titled “Up Close”, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine on September 18th, 2010. To view the presentation, please click here. Her work was featured in Maine Home + Design magazine August 2010 Issue. Following is a link to a PDF copy of the article feature: Hayes Article Feature- Maine Home and Design August 2010 Issue.

Hayes was interviewed in her studio about her process in Maine Thing Quarterly’s recent Art Issue. She answers the question, Why Art? The video is available to view here: