Featured Artist Interview: Haydee Torres From UGallery

I have not done a featured artist interview in awhile and have been really wanting to get back at it. What better way to start then with one of my favourite figurative artists Haydee Torres. This is an artist that I have admired for quite a few years now, we have been on a few of the same selling sites together and after having watched her art progress over the years I have just recently gotten to know her a little more personally and I am so thrilled to share her work through my blog. You will find her art to be brilliantly colourful, mysterious and emotionally packed. You are left wanting to learn the story behind each piece, the story behind the eyes of her subjects. It’s art you can really feel.

Here is her interview.
















How long have you been an artist?

For about 9 years.













How did you come to choose art as your life path?

When studying Fashion Design I realized how much I enjoyed the art part of my curriculum.

I received a lot of positive critic and encouragement from my instructor and for the first time I was called an artist! Off course at that moment I was not planning to be a painter, so I just ignored it. I took some fine art classes, but I was not really convinced that art was from me until I took a live drawing class, then I just knew I had found my niche.
















Was your family supportive of your choice to pursue art as a career?

My family is very supportive and very patient with me:)
















What motivates or inspires you or your artwork?

My motivation is the love of the process and the satisfaction of the act of painting. Then come the subject, color, mediums and techniques, which allow for the creation of the painting to take place.















What obstacles have you faced in your career as an artist and how did you overcome them?

My biggest obstacle has been time. I cannot ignore my obligations as a wife and a mother so everyday is a balancing act. Sometimes it can get pretty disorganized but my husband is a great cook, so nobody is going hungry.





















Do you have a favorite artist and if so who?

I do admire many artist mostly in the Expressionists movement like: Egon Schiele, the Bay Area Figurative artist, and the figurative expressionists from the San Francisco area Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.

















What other interests or hobbies do you have?

I don’t really have time for hobbies, but I love to watch movies and TV series in the horror science fiction genre.
















What are you working on right now?

Right now I am learning the Braque Drawing Method.
















Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to get into sculpting so I can mix painting and sculpting.














If you could give an aspiring artist three pieces of advice what would they be?

Learn everything that you can, eventually it will find its way into your work.

Be yourself. Work everyday, if you cannot draw or paint just use your imagination! Handle your self and your work in a professional manner.
















Please take the time to visit Haydee’s online gallery to view more of her amazing paintings and share the ones you love on all your social media outlets to help spread her art and talent!


Painting Sadness and Finding Beauty

I’m most inspired by people, especially faces. I find beauty in sadness so a lot of my art can be emotionally packed. There is something so beautiful and strong about a sad or lonely expression, I always feel very moved by it.


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I also love texture and find beauty in aging brick, stonewalls with rust drips, rusted old iron and copper. A dilapidated building will bring me more inspiration then a flower garden or sun filled day. I find beauty and inspiration where others might see aging, sadness and loneliness, neglect or decay.




I’m In An Abstract Mood, A Colorful, Lively Abstract Mood

I’ve been in an abstract mood lately, a colorful, lively abstract mood. Kind of like all my thoughts and feelings are merging together with blurred lines and scribbled shapes. I’m feeling blue, then seeing red, shades of pink delight me while turquoise glimmers in the light. I can’t keep myself within any set boundaries and seem to want to push the limits with explosive color and movement. I’m in an abstract mood lately, a colorful, lively abstract mood and the only thing to do now is paint.



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Delightfully Spooky – An Abstract Portrait Painting

I love the Halloween season, I always find myself inspired to create something spooky, an abstract portrait painting that will give one chills, with eyes that follow you from one side of the room to the other. Like in the Scooby Doo episodes from my childhood; there would always be that one painting on the wall that watched the gang with haunting eyes that followed their every move. As a kid I was always delightfully creeped out by that. So I sat down to this painting yesterday and really enjoyed myself. It was done completely with my fingers and fingernails which gave it a loose and painterly style that I like and I think aided in making sure the painting didn’t come out too ‘pretty’; even with all the purple and pink. I think I now have a new favourite because something about her haunts me, delightfully.



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Painting Tornado’s and Cleaning Paw Prints – The Life Of A Struggling Artist

Yesterday I worked on two paintings, one of a tornado at the request of a client who is also buying my lightning bolt painting. The other a beach scene triptych, which is two separate paintings that when hung together make one picture. So yesterday was a busy day in my painting world. Things got messy, as they often do when I’m in the middle of a commission. But what stresses me out the most on these types of days, when I have more then one piece on the go  is keeping the paintings away from my cats while they dry. There is nothing worse then seeing little blue footprints on the floor before you see they have walked across the painting. My goal this year is to get a closed off room to myself for my art that is free of kids and animals. What bliss it would be to leave a painting to dry and not have to chase a cat or kid out of the house!

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Bullying and the Power of One Man’s Words

Today I stumbled upon this video about bullying by Shane Koyczanhttp://www.upworthy.com/bullies-called-him-pork-chop-he-took-that-pain-with-him-and-then-cooked-it-into?g=3 it’s a beautifully written, spoken poem with animation, the animation is beautiful and touching in it’s own right.

This is an incredibly important video and as a person who was also bullied as a child I found myself crying over it. There is one part where he says “we grew up believing no on would ever fall in love with us, that we’d be lonely forever, that we’d never meet someone to make us feel like the sun was something they built for us in their tool shed. So broken heart strings bled the blues as we tried to empty ourselves so we would feel nothing.” That particular collection of words really hit home to me. I was bullied from grade 6 into high school simply because I had buckteeth. My parents were not able to get braces for me until I was 16. The happiest day of my life, and it is sad to say so, is the day I had my braces put on. I grew up in a military family and spent my childhood moving every 4 years. In grade 6 I started in a new school in a smaller town and that’s when the bullying started. I can remember laying in bed at night and thinking the same thing that Shane Koyczan says in his amazing poem; that no one would ever fall in love with me, I was going to grow up lonely, that this would never go away, this would never get better. It did get better as my teeth were straightened, as I grew up and found beauty in myself. However the pain you endure as a child, being barked at all the way home from the bus stop, being called bucky beaver, ugly, freak, the pain of those words carry into adulthood. They make you fear the day your children start school, fear that they will endure the same pain. Or worse that they will inflict pain on others.

Because of my teeth and the relentless teasing I learned to hide away, to not get too close to people for fear I would get too comfortable and maybe forget to cover my mouth with my hand when I smiled or laughed. I was always so careful to cover my mouth. I was one of the lucky ones though, I had friends, friends that considered themselves good people for allowing me to hang out with them, you know, considering…. Friends that would think it were okay to say, “you are the nicest person in our class but you are the ugliest.” I never want my children to have to plan out how they are going to walk from one class to the next to avoid certain people, to have to walk down a hallway while the name calling hits you like a slap in the face. I never want my children to have to laugh when someone makes a reference to how you remind them of bugs bunny, like laughing at yourself will make the humiliation less intense. I never wanted anyone to know their comments hurt me, somehow that made it worse in my eyes. So I laughed along with them and they in turn thought I was so nice, with no idea how much I actually hated them. Thank you Shane Koyczan, your words WILL make a difference.

Please note this blog post was hard to write, I still feel the sting of humiliation recalling that time in my young life. Share Shane’s video, like his facebook page, follow him on twitter; watch him as he makes a difference.


Laundry Line Art and Summer Days

There is something so peaceful about a breezy summer day, the sound of children playing, a dog barking in protest somewhere in the distance and the gentle flapping of laundry hanging on the line. 


I’ve been doing a laundry line series for quite a few years now and it sells really well. A lot of people use these paintings to cheer up their laundry rooms, or their living spaces. They have even been hung in nurseries. They have such a fun, whimsical feel about them and they always remind me of summer.