Ariel Haymond is looking to express herself through art
How did you get started in art?
I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I got to see my dad running his own creative businesses as an artist in various forms. Due to this, I have always felt encouraged to be creative myself. I believe I started working on canvas around 6 or 7 years old, and I worked on art all throughout middle school and high school. Art has always been part of my life and something I’ve felt drawn to. I just never stopped creating, and here I am today!
What are some major influences on your work?
I started painting abstract when I couldn’t find any large pieces that I loved for my home. At the time, I ran a luxury home store in Dallas TX with my wife and dad. I started selling my paintings by putting some pieces up at our store. Prior to that, I just enjoyed making custom pieces for close friends or family. My art process starts by picking colors and shapes found in nature, magazines, or simply what is in my mind’s eye. From there, I take to my canvas and set my intention to create something that sparks emotion in the viewer.
How would you describe your style?
My style is always evolving as I grow as an artist. I would say the majority of my pieces have flow and vibrancy. I appreciate the color theory and movement and try to paint in a way that invites the viewer’s eye to feel drawn into something interesting even if it’s understated.
Have you presented your work at any event?
I’ve done several collaborative shows with other artists and am currently showing at Tate Studio in Dallas TX and Homology in McKinney TX. I’m also working on building a collection to have my own show.
What does your art mean to you?
My art is the physical manifestation of my mediations through the act of painting. It’s my way to be my whole self, and get to express myself. As a mom and business owner, I can get overwhelmed with my busy everyday life but painting allows me space and time to relax while creating something beautiful without pressure or expectation.
Why is art such a fascinating topic?
I think that art starts a conversation. Even the most unartistic person can find pieces that move them, or that they are inexplicably attracted to and simply must-have. Art can stir such deep and powerful emotions, which always will create conversation because as people we need to express ourselves.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently taking orders! I have a few large custom pieces for new and seasoned clients in the works, as well as getting some new pieces finished up for the places I’m showing at. I’m also trying to build a collection for my own show so I’m staying very busy. Luckily art is my passion. I believe it’s what I was always meant to do and what I can never stop thinking about. It makes my work not feel so much like work.