Featured Artist of the Month
Carol Haynes is a devoted artist, in all senses of the word. She frequently shows her love for pets and her faith in her artwork. The attention to detail she attends to in her pastel works is simply phenomenal, and many rave of her pet portraits.
Carol frequently shows at Brush Strokes Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA.
Interested in how Carol developed her love for art? Learn more about her in our interview with the artist:
What is your favorite medium to work with?
Charcoal has long been my favorite “drawing” medium. I love the feel of getting it all over you…as in under the nails, all over the hands and arms…not to mention one’s face, hair, etc.
What is your biggest inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the animals themselves. I am particularly fond of ‘old dogs…cats…and miniature horses’. If it has four legs and a tail…I’m interested in drawing it.
Could you describe the common thematic elements of your work?
I call myself a ‘drawing artist’. And by extension, my artwork tends to reflect the basics: the use of line, form, light and shadow to capture an image that speaks to the heart. In limiting my palate to that of charcoal, I find myself ‘pushing’ the medium in ways that are both exciting and challenging. As my pieces get larger (I tend to draw life size)…so does my interest in pursuing just how far I can go.
When did you get started painting/drawing/felting/knitting/etc?
I’ve been drawing ever since I could pick up a crayon. Dogs were my favorite subject…and remain so today.
Do you have any advice for those new to art?
My best advice is this: “take the time…to draw something…every single day”. In doing so, you’ll learn not only how ‘to look’ at a subject…but how ‘to see’ it in all of its glorious splendor. The way God meant for it to be seen.
How has your style developed over the years?
My style has gravitated more toward portraiture than ever before. Only now, I tend to draw the entire animal…not just the head…and still see the entire work as portraiture.
What was your absolute favorite moment in your artistic career? (first show/piece sold, moment when you found your certain style/preferred medium, etc).
When I was able to capture a beloved pet on paper…the same way my heart felt. It brought tears of joy to my eyes.
What would you like to accomplish out of your artistic career? What do you think your work stands for?
I would like to see my artwork stand for ‘something good’. Raising awareness of animals in need of adoption…or even rescue…would be my ultimate goal. Using my artwork to raise funds for such a purpose would be a dream come true.
What is your favorite museum/ art gallery? (can be local,global, it doesn’t matter).
My favorite gallery, which I hope to visit one day, holds the Vatican Art Collection in Rome, Italy. To see the drawings of Michelangelo, alone, would be worth the trip.
Fun question- if you were awarded a $10,000 art grant, what would you use it for?
If I were to be awarded such an awesome grant…I would most likely use it to create a Magnet School for the Visual Arts program…right here in Fredericksburg, VA. Sound like a plan?
Carol’s work will hang in our gallery throughout the month of April.