Still Life with a Tale to Tell 

At the heart of each of my paintings lies a story. Some are overt, and some are subtle.  Some have clear plots and visual puns, others simply evoke a  literary feeling or poetic mood.  Above all else, the goal is to wrap the story in a shimmering and beautifully crafted painting.  I invite you to spend some time with each one and see what tale it has to tell you.”

Recent Blog Posts

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    Beginning a new commissioned painting

    This week I began a new commissioned painting to finish up the year. The family who’s requested it had several specific themes and items they wanted in it.  After a few discussions and some sketches passed back and forth, we agreed on a basic composition, as seen in this small thumbnail sketch: I’ll be doing […]

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    Peeling Orange on a Brick

    From a few years ago: “Peeling Orange on a Brick”, oil on panel, 6×5 inches, 2011, SOLD This is probably my favorite from the series of small kitchen paintings I did in 2011.  If you want to see paintings of fruit on bricks handled with a very different sensibility, check out the wonderful paintings of […]

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    Silver Creamer and Peeled Orange

    From a few years ago: “Silver Creamer and Peeled Orange”, oil on panel, 5×6 inches, 2011, SOLD Along with the painting I shared yesterday, this is another from a series of small kitchen paintings I did in 2011.  It’s healthy for me to look at older work like this, because I see so many things […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting

    Silver Cup, Spoon, and Orange

    From a few years ago: “Silver Cup, Spoon, and Orange”, oil on panel, 5×6 inches, 2011, SOLD This was a painting where I wanted make the light quite dark.  If I were going to do this today, I think I’d push it down even further, and see how dark it could be and still be […]

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    Pear, Egg, Wineglass

    From a few years ago: “Pear, Egg, Wineglass”, oil on linen, 6×8 inches, 2013, SOLD Yesterday I shared a piece from from a small series of kitchen paintings I did in 2013, and this is another of them.  The classical Spanish Bodegón paintings – at least the ones I like best – bring some real […]

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    Mexican Pitcher and Two Eggs

    From a few years ago: “Mexican Pitcher and Two Eggs”, oil on linen, 6×8 inches, 2013, SOLD This was from a small series of kitchen paintings I did in 2013.  The classical Spanish Bodegón paintings – at least the ones I like best – bring some real drama to the subject of food and it’s […]

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    Kaleidoscope: Silver Bowl

    From a few years ago: “Kaleidoscope: Silver Bowl”, oil on panel, 5×5 inches, 2009, SOLD This is the third from an old series of experimental paintings I’ve been sharing this week.  The series was done in 2009, and focused on closely-cropped views into dense assemblies of objects.  This one was the most abstract, and probably […]

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    Kaleidoscope: Magnifying Glass No. 2

    From a few years ago: “Kaleidoscope: Magnifying Glass No. 2”, oil on panel, 5×5 inches, 2009, SOLD This is another piece from the series of experimental paintings I did in 2009 focusing on tightly-cropped views into dense assemblies of objects.

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    Kaleidoscope: Magnifying Glass No. 1

    From a few years ago: “Kaleidoscope: Magnifying Glass No. 1”, oil on panel, 5×5 inches, 2009, SOLD In 2009 I did a series of experimental paintings of closely cropped views into dense assemblies of objects.  There were probably about 10 paintings in that group, and this was one of them.  Ultimately it was just that […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Perseverance

    “Perseverance!”: 90 From Life – Day 90

    This is day 90 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I was originally going to do a different kind of painting for today, but about 30 days into the project I told somebody that if I made it all the way to the end, I’d name the […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: How the Villagers Captured the Giant

    “Fairy Tale: How the Villagers Captured the Giant”: 90 From Life – Day 89

    This is day 89 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to translate that admiration into paint, and this is […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: The Marbles the Shell, and the Mountain

    “Fairy Tale: The Marbles, the Shell, and the Mountain”: 90 From Life – Day 88

    This is day 88 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to translate that admiration into paint, and this is […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: The King Who Stole the Throne

    “Fairy Tale: The King Who Stole the Throne”: 90 From Life – Day 87

    This is day 87 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to translate that admiration into paint, and this is […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: The Apple and the Flying Carpet

    “Fairy Tale: The Apple and the Flying Carpet”: 90 From Life – Day 86

    This is day 86 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day, and I needed to do something simple today. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: The King in his Glass Castle

    “Fairy Tale: The King in his Glass Castle”: 90 From Life – Day 85

      This is day 85 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to translate that admiration into paint, and this […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: The Old Man and his Silver Bowl

    “Fairy Tale: The Old Man and his Silver Bowl”: 90 From Life – Day 84

    This is day 84 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to translate that admiration into paint, and this is […]

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    “Telling His Stories”: 90 From Life – Day 83

    This is day 83 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I loved the thought of this grizzled old pear having a whole lot of life stories to tell.

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    “Sky Scraper”: 90 From Life – Day 82

    This is day 82 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. Today’s painting was one of those happy accidents that happen in a studio when it gets messy. I had a pile of props for potential projects, and I was looking for a place to set the silver […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Fairy Tale: Hiding from the Ogre

    “Fairy Tale: Hiding from the Ogre”: 90 From Life – Day 81

    This is day 81 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I love fairy tales – and folk literature in general – the earthiness, vivid characters, odd story lines, and simple but deep truths.  I’ve been thinking about ways to translate that admiration into paint, and this is […]

  • Jeffrey Hayes: Still Life Painting: Oil Painting: Shell Game

    “Shell Game”: 90 From Life – Day 80

    This is day 80 of my 90 day challenge to do one new painting from life each day. I stepped away from the fairy tale theme a little bit today, though still kept it within the realm of story telling and visual puns. I’ll be back with another fairy tale painting tomorrow.

What Collectors Are Saying

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    "I feel privileged to own such a beautiful work of art.  It brings grace to my home, as well as feelings of warmth and peace."

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    "The variety of his paintings over the years has made multiple purchases greatly satisfying.  Each work is unique and awe-inspiring because his ability is transcendent."

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    I’ve known Jeff and collected his work for several years now. I always look forward with great anticipation when he shows his new work at local galleries and at art shows around the Boston area.  The realism he achieves is astonishing. He brings a remarkable precision and clarity to his Still Lifes, and his compositions are always thoughtful and interesting. I always stop, look, and marvel at the paintings of his that I have hanging on my walls. I am both proud and honored to have him as part of my collection.

    L.A., Massachusetts
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    "We have several of Jeff's paintings. While they are usually paintings of very everyday things, what he does with them is extraordinary. Reflections and light through glass are masterfully shown, and are particular examples of the 'inherent' light we see in all the things he paints, and that we love seeing in our house."

    B.C., Massachusetts

About Me

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My Story

Ten years ago I took a deep breath and stepped away from a successful career as a computer programmer to paint full time. Since that big move, I’ve made over 1000 paintings, and when possible I paint every single day with a zeal and passion to produce the very finest work for my collectors.

My focus is on the common, everyday objects we have all around us, transforming them into art that celebrates mood, drama, and sometimes simple humor.

I’ve shown pieces in numerous galleries throughout the US, been featured in several international art publications, and placed paintings in about 500 collections worldwide, but my biggest satisfaction remains the look on an art lover’s face when they deeply connect with one of my pieces and truly “get it”.

I spend my days looking around me to find inspiration for new work that will move and delight those who love my paintings. I hope you enjoy them as well – let me know if you did!

Finding my work

This website is the primary venue for seeing my work, and, if you are a collector, acquiring a painting from me. On my collectors’ page, I have a number of resources that describe the process of adding one of my works to your collection. I have made it as simple as possible to purchase art from me online, and if you have any questions about it, I would love to talk to you!

Annual Exhibits

Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, I participate in a major 3-day arts festival just West of Boston. I typically display about 50 paintings and am visited by collectors from around New England and beyond. The next show is scheduled for November 17-19, 2017. As this date approaches I will share more specifics.