I am Cathy Hayward. A 23 yr woman with a passion for creative, intentional living and the wilds of the world around us.
Here I share my experiences as a full time artist and intentional human, all from my home studio in Pretoria, South Africa.
My mission as an artist in practice, is to enthuse both myself and others with the wilds of this earth and the wonder of being human. I want people to really value the beauty that is life – both in their own experience of life and the life in all things living.
BACK STORY (short version)
I have been painting and creating for as long as I can remember. But my true love for art began when I took Visual Arts as a subject in high school. We were blessed with an art teacher who instilled a fiery passion and undying appreciation for art in all it’s forms. She pushed each of us far beyond what we could have achieved on our own. I graduated high school with a 99% average in Visual Arts and a love for fine art that would eventually bring me to resign from my first job just 8 months after graduating university. I graduated from Inscape Education Group with a Bachelors Degree in Design, specializing in Interior Design, but after a few months working in the industry, I could no longer ignore my urge to make art a full time passion.
My first year of “full time self employed” (end 2017 to Nov 2018) I spent experimenting here and there with illustration avoiding the easel as much as possible for fear that I had forgotten how to paint because I hadn’t done it in so long. So starting with the real work, I just doodled a few greeting cards, kids colouring books and stickers until life played itself out threatening to break me. It nearly did, but at the same time it didn’t (a story for another time). I realized I had been taking my time avoiding what my heart really wanted because my mind was too scared to take the leap. Circumstance happened to present itself with an opportunity that lead to me exhibiting my work in public for the first time at a Farmers market. The first market I only sold one painting but determined to make something of my passion I came again and it boomed.
Now I am on a journey of expression to find my voice and use it to say what I think needs to be said and to evoke what I think needs to be felt.
MORE ABOUT ME
I am wife to my high school sweet heart and mom to two fur babies. I am a Christian – true blue, through and through. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (click the link to find out more). I am a yogi, bookworm and sunshine addict (but I also love a rainy day). I have also recently discovered that gardening is a kinda nice thing to do – as a kid I hated it and now I find myself buying veggie patch magazines. I don’t think I have a favuorite colour and I love house plants – or plants in general. And last but not least I enjoy writing – which is why I also have a blog… so … go check it out (tab at the top or click here). Oh aaand I enjoy photography.
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