Ann Hayes has been painting all her life, finding inspiration in the rich tapestry of natural and man-made artifacts that make up the Jersey Shore. She describes her style as “Natural Realism”and delights in depicting the extraordinary beauty of the everyday world.
"One of my favorite places to paint is Island Beach State Park on the barrier island of New Jersey. Its twelve miles of natural dunes, maritime forest, marshlands, bay and ocean shore are host to a wealth of native plants and wildlife.”
Her vivid oils and complex watercolors draw on a lifetime of practice and a variety of skills. She began her studies as a teenager at the Bay Head, NJ, studio of renowned painter Earl Tyler. After earning a B.A. in Fine Art from Douglass College she studied portraiture with Daniel Greene and Nelson Shanks.