About the Artist

Stef, born in Bournemouth UK, has been painting/drawing since she was old enough to hold a crayon. However she did not attend college until she was a mature student. Having talked her my way onto an illustration course in Southampton in 1983, it was a shock to find she’d actually enrolled on a fine arts course!

By then the illustration course was full so she transferred to a Scientific Illustration course instead. On completion of this O.N.D. Stef found there was not a higher course to continue onto so transferred to an H.N.D. in Graphic Design instead. She won three design awards for a calendar, advert and a pub sign. As she was now a ‘hybrid’, illustrator/designer, she was hired by a studio and found herself doing both graphics and illustration.

This work lasted until she decided to travel with her husband and his work.  Having travelled and lived in several countries Stef continued painting for her own enjoyment and found other areas in which to apply her creative skills including a Bachelor of Education degree in Design and Technology.

Eventually settling in Australia and now living near Subiaco Stef has rediscovered the joy of watercolour and started to paint again adding to her retired lifestyle of exercise, Red Hatting and keeping up with 4 grandkids. Having attended several courses to brush up her watercolour skills Stef was introduced to the WA Watercolour Society and was accepted in 2020.

Stef has now joined a Plein Air group and practices her art through them and in her studio. Having had several commissions Stef feels she is embarking on a new journey in Art with the help of fellow artists in the WAWS and hopes to continue to explore and improve.

Exhibitions
Watercolour Society of WA Annual Exhibitions 2020

Ellis House ‘Colours of Spring’ Group Art Exhibition 2017

Tresillian Arts Center Student and Tutor Exhibitions 2016 – 2019

‘ColourInfusion’ Patricia Jamieson and Stef Hayward 2007

Bush Walk

POA

50.5 x 40cm – Matted

This was done at Bold Park near City Beach, Western Australia.

I was taken by the amazing turquoise of the sea, it really is that colour, peeping out through all the varied colours of green that made up the foliage.

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Down South

POA

50.5 x 40cm – Matted

A striking photo inspired this piece of ‘somewhere’ Down South. We have so much beautiful coastline I’m ashamed to say I have forgotten exactly where!

The waves and rocks have always inspired me to paint them.

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Ballarat

POA
50.5 x 40cm – Matted

They say it is always cold in Ballarat and I can testify that is very true. There is also nowhere to sit hence this angle as I was sat on the kerbside!

I love architecture and hope I have captured this wonderful old town’s heritage.

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Monkey Mia

POA

53.5 x 43.5cm – Framed

It looks so calm but I assure you it was a very blustery day. On a trip ‘up north’ I found myself losing equipment frequently in the wind.

Beautiful scenery always cries out to be painted.

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Snorkelling at Quobba

POA

57 x 46.8cm – Framed

The tranquillity of this place made it easy to paint and it was hubby snorkelling!

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Waves

POA

57 x 47cm – Framed

I love waves and rocks.

This is a more stylised piece showing wet into wet technique, it’s done from imagination but I guess I have seen quite a few waves to draw from.

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