Recognised wildlife and dog artist Mandy Hayward delights collectors with her lively pooch paintings.
History and Background
"I am fortunate to come from a very creative background, my father being a world-class musician and my mother a superb watercolour artist and teacher. My sister and I were always encouraged in the things we enjoyed doing.
"I have always had a great passion for wildlife; even from the age of five I was writing and illustrating my first set of animal books, usually creating the characters from plasticine and scraps of fabric. Later, at the age of seven, I adopted my first pet rabbit, which opened the floodgates for an ever-growing menagerie of birds and animals - including my beloved dog Loopy, who has been the inspiration (and very patient model) for many years of paintings and picture books.
"More recently I have been concentrating on writing and illustrating my own books. I have always had a good imagination so it seemed a natural progression to move towards story and picture books. I have found this a great way to develop my painting skills too!"
Ideas and Inspirations
"I live on the doorstep of the Peak District, which is a great source of inspiration for me. I love days out gathering reference - especially early mornings or late summer evenings.
"I have a great many influences and ' art heroes,' from the Old Masters to the modern day illustrators. For me there is a lot to be learned. Vermeer, Hopper, Sargent and Klimt through to Norman Rockwell, Alfred Munnings and more recently Scott Gustafson all have something to offer me in the way of fantastic art. There are too many artists to list but nothing inspires me more other people’s work."