Today we chat with Gordon Hayward. He tells us about his passion for the arts. And showcases some of his beautiful work.
Who is Gordon Hayward and what do you do?
Every day is a new learning experience for me and an adventure of self-discovery. However, if I have to sum up what I have learnt about myself, I would describe myself as a constant work-in-progress. While I consider myself to be a multifaceted individual with many interests, passions and ambitions, I believe my primary existence is the creation of beauty by means of art. I obtained my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998 and since then have dedicated all my spare time to pursuing my passion by completing commission works for clients on a part time basis and since 2011 working on art projects on a full time basis.
How would you define your style of art?
Style is an authentic reflection of one’s inner self. It constantly changes. I would say my work at the moment has strong elements of rich textures with an organic feel, figurative and earthy. In a couple of years it might be different.
What inspires your work?
Everyday life, like the things around me including nature, textures, people and their energies. I am fascinated by the ripple effect that a seemingly insignificant thing could make and I am inspired to use the little things in life to create far reaching beauty and happiness. We as artists are very fortunate to see magic in things other people might find immaterial.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a range of 20 male and female hybrid figures which explores the similarities in behavior between humans and animals. The figures are a visual and light hearted depiction of the animal characteristics that humans may identify themselves with.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Lots and lots of perseverance and a passion for life and beauty since this is the food for one’s creative soul. It is imperative to have a constant desire to challenge one’s self emotionally and spiritually and to not be afraid to push the boundaries in seeking to express artistic views and ideals. Most importantly, never hide who you really are. Be proud of everything that makes you unique and use these qualities to shine. You will never fully be appreciated by other if you are not honest and open with yourself. To quote Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night and day. Thou canst not then be false to any man”
Where can our readers follow your work?