Jeffrey Hayes An Introduction to the Artist


Jeffrey Hayes creates vibrant, glowing still life paintings in the classical tradition.  His works are painstakingly crafted to the highest standard, using time-tested methods and the finest materials available.

His path to finding his calling as an artist was indirect.  A lengthy education in music led to a more practical career as a computer programmer.  For his 30th birthday, he decided to indulge his lifelong curiosity about art by purchasing a simple oil painting kit.  A 10-year period of intensive learning and practice followed. This culminated with the decision to leave his successful technology career and devote his life to painting.  

He lives and works in a beautiful small New England town.  From his busy studio, he produces a steady stream of new works and commissions that delight his loyal and growing base of collectors.  Over the years, these collectors have acquired approximately 800 of his paintings.


Artist's Statement


Painting is a resounding affirmation.  It tells us that beyond the chaos and strife of everyday living, there is beauty, grace, and elegance if we know how to seek it.  This ancient and noble craft reveals to us a clear vision of what is good in the world, and the better selves we all aspire to. Still life is an extended meditation on these themes… for artist and viewer alike.

Painting still life is, at heart, an alchemy of sorts.  It allows us to transmute the humble materials of oil, pigment, and canvas into a grand illusion of shimmering light, profound stillness, and gracious refinement.  It even has the strength to transmute that illusion into inspiration and transformation.

I strive to practice this art with the high ideal of empowering those who encounter my work to see something of that beauty, grace, and elegance within themselves.  Indeed, the highest compliments I receive come when long-time collectors tell me how fortunate they are to live with my paintings.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Studies in figurative and still life painting
    Dennis Cheaney, The New England Realist Art Center, Boston, MA, 2005 to 2006

    Ph.D. program in music theory and composition
    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1990 to 1995

    Bachelor of Music in composition
    The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1990

  • Fine artist, 2006 to present

    Software developer in the internet and publishing industries, 1995 to 2006

  • Approximately 800 paintings placed in about 500 private collections in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia

  • American Art Collector
    “Beyond the Ordinary”
    January 2015, p 90

    American Art Collector
    “Everlasting Objects: Still Life Art Today”
    January 2011, pp 97-99

    American Art Collector
    “Food for Thought: Epicurean Art Today”
    July 2010, pp 81-83

    Art Calendar Magazine
    “The New Internet Sensation: A Painting A Day”
    October 2006, pp 3-8

  • The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
    The International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, AZ (past)

  • Copley Society of Art
    58 Newbury Street
    Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 536-5049

    Powers Gallery
    144 Great Road (Rt. 2A)
    Acton, Massachusetts 01720
    (978) 263-5105

    Art 3 Gallery
    44 West Brook Street
    Manchester, NH 03101
    (800) 668-9938

    Past Gallery Representation
    M Gallery of Fine Art
    11 Broad Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
    2012 to 2014 (Sale of gallery)

    J. Todd Galleries
    572 Washington Street (Route 16)
    Wellesley, MA 02482
    2010 to 2018

  • The Copley Society of Art
    Inclusion in multiple exhibits
    Boston, MA 2012 – 2018

    Powers Gallery
    Summer Exhibit
    Acton, MA 2018

    Guild of Boston Artists
    “Annual Regional Painting Competition”
    Boston, MA 2012, 2010

    Howard/Mandville Gallery
    “Small Works Exhibit”
    Seattle, WA 2013

    Finalist, Annual Painting Salon
    Art Renewal Center, 2012-2013

    Paradise City Arts Festival
    Marlborough, MA 2012 – present

    Grosse Point Arts Center
    “Realism and Surrealism”
    Grosse Point, MI, 2012

    Paradise City Arts Festival
    Northampton, MA 2012

    Newton Open Studios
    Newton, MA 2012, 2013, 2014

    Melrose Arts Festival
    Melrose, MA 2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006

    The Carnegie Arts Center
    “The Art of Food”
    Covington, KY, 2012

    Mason Murer Fine Arts
    “Realism Exhibit”
    Atlanta, GA 2011

    SOWA Art Walk
    Boston, MA 2004 to 2008 (annual)

    United South End Artists Open Studios
    Boston, MA 2004 to 2008 (annual)

    SOWA First Friday Exhibits
    Boston, MA 2004 to 2008 (monthly)

    The Hourglass Gallery
    Melrose, MA 2006 to 2008

    Southern Vermont Arts Center
    Manchester, VT 2006 to 2007

    The Three Graces Gallery
    Portsmouth, NH 2006 to 2007

    Got Art?
    Holliston, MA 2006

    Essex Art Center Paint-Out and Auction
    Lawrence, MA 2006 and 2007

    Anton Fine Art Gallery
    Wakefield, MA 2005

    The Bromfield Gallery, 10 x 10 Show
    Boston, MA 2004