I clearly love art and I am always drawn to abstract faces.  They may seem on trend with a few current favorite artists like Sally King Benedict and Danny Geschardt but, I always think back to Picasso,  Modigliani, and Clemente to name a few.

My latest love of faces was found on ETSY of all places and then was even spotted at High Point Market.  

I am thrilled to introduce you to this Austin artist on the rise. 

Hayley Mitchell

Austin, Texas

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What is your training? 

I studied Graphic Design at Abilene Christian University

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What inspires you and your designs?

I am often inspired by colorful abstract art and gorgeous interiors. Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by the intricate costumes and artistry of Bali, Japan, Nepal, Russia, India and I could go on. My grandmother brought me painted jars and batiked textiles from Bali when I was young. The colors and patterns really resonated with me. 

What is your favorite piece? 

I don’t really have a favorite but I do love this one! 

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How has the your area influenced your work?

Austin is a city filled with colorful, laid-back characters which I think is reflected in my work. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin?

South Congress Cafe

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What is your favorite cocktail?

Lemon Drop

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How do you balance personal life and work?

The work/personal life balance is a real struggle.They are so very intertwined. For many reasons I have chosen to work from home and it gets a little challenging with a 4, 3, and 18 month old running around! I try to work during nap time and once they are in bed. My baby sleeps and my girls play or paint with me. eekends and evenings are family time. I purposely keep my work email off my phone so it is easy to disconnect. 

Dream trip?

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Dream commission?
Something for Emily Henderson
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Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

Candles

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Who is your style icon?

Alice Temperley I love every single piece she designs. 

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

Lindsey Meyers. She is a fellow Texan and divine abstract artist. I just adore all of her work. It is fresh, colorful and happy!

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What is your most treasured possession?

A tablecloth my Nana crocheted for me as a wedding gift. She passed away a month before my wedding. It has one square missing/ unfinished. It is sealed tightly waiting to be framed. 
What are you reading?
The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean Twenge 
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Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anne Spiro

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 What are you listening to?

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What are your favorite blogs / publications?

Little Green Notebook

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Waiting on Martha

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Domino

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Pencil and Paper Co Blog

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Here are the 2 pieces I have bought because I am an art addict especially faces as previously mentioned.

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A look at her current portfolio incredibly affordable available on ETSY.

They sell fast  so if you are interested..JUMP!  

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Hayley even offers prints to suit and price point.

I still always advise originals for maintaining their value. 

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Shop Hayley’s work on ART by HKM on Etsy, follow her on Instagram too. 

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