Born in Sweden Hayes childhood was then spent living in several different European countries before her move to the UK to train at Kingston University. She has an impressive exhibiting profile including galleries in London and around the UK. In 1998 she was elected as a member of the Pastel Society and has exhibited with them regularly at the Mall Galleries in London. An award winning artist she won the Unison Pastel Materials Award in 2000 and 2002, and the Deborah Manifold Memorial Award in 2005 and 2008.
Hayes’ work tends to be based on the countryside surrounding her studio in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire. However some of her larger works of French landscape, in which the artist attempts to recreate the warmth of the climate and Jeanette Hayes reveals a form of psychological mapping, combining the exterior physical world with an interior landscape of the subconscious and shows how the two are interconnected; memory, perspective, sensation – a concept which greatly influences her painting in a animated balances of colour and structure.
Jeannette’s artworks are full of dynamic energy. She uses oil, as the medium’s richness and texture allows her to drip, drag and smear the paint, shaping her final imagery on through the motions of painting.
In animated paintings of great vitality, where superfluous detail is omitted in favour of expression, there emerges a moving vision of the landscape, full of life and sound.