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beverly hayden

Medium: Mixed Media

Booth #: GN38C

Artist bio: Although I have actively incorporated various forms of art from music to welding into my life since I was a child, I resisted the urge to seriously create art until 2003. Prior to my metamorphosis, I spent 7 years working as an attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, practicing commercial bankruptcy and litigation. Although I had invested many years and the equivalent of a mortgage in that profession, I realized that it did not satisfy my inherent need to be creative. In January 2003, I terminated my legal practice and embarked on a tremendous adventure initially seeking to unite my interest in photography with my passion for travel to remote corners of the globe.I spent the first 3 months of my liberty in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, studying Spanish, beautiful light and the art of making margaritas. Upon my return to the United States, I spent the summer in an intensive photography school in Montana where I discovered that I had an eye for and interest in fine art photography. For 4 years, I exhibited and sold my photography around the country. In the process, I discovered that my interests in art were much broader than photography alone.During the summer of 2007, I began to explore mixed media assemblage in my studio. As long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with power tools, particularly the kind that make sparks! In making my mixed media pieces, I got to play with power tools on a regular basis and I was hooked. I enjoy mixed media work because with each piece, I have the freedom to choose to incorporate paint, beeswax or any other medium that might interest me. I thrill at the engineering challenges of attachment, sometimes taking delight in hiding my methods of attachment and other times making them an integral part of the aesthetic of a piece. I enjoy seeing how even minute differences in the depth of object placement adds a richness to each piece. Mixed media work also gives me an opportunity to be a storyteller and I try to take

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