Size: 22"W x 28"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2017
My process is simple: i see something I like and I paint it. Sometimes I paint from memory or whatever is hanging around in my head. I'm an acrylics girl but I'm starting to wander over to the world of oils (more to come). I start my pieces with a rough sketch and then start adding layers and layers of color until I'm satisfied with it (or until I'm sick of looking at it--whichever comes first).
Like a moth to a flame, I am always drawn to the light in a scene. I love how light--or lack of--affects color around it. Light can be dramatic, it can be soothing, it can be vibrant. My art is inspired by some sort of light. Something has grabbed my attention and said "PAINT ME". And so I do.
Haley Russell Knighten is the owner and artist for Haley Russell Studios. She has been painting, drawing, crafting, coloring, and playing in art her entire life. She learned many of her techniques from her mom, who is also an artist and whom Haley still relies on for art advice on occasion (and life advice always). Although she has been an artist her entire life, Haley never considered art as a career choice and chose to study chemistry and business instead. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2005 with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Chemistry. Haley began painting in 2007 because she needed to fill her empty walls with art, and couldn’t find exactly what she wanted (and was in her tiny price range). Additionally, she found original art was an inexpensive and personal way to show love to family and friends and gave away countless pieces in her first few years. In 2015 she decided to take a leap and start charging for pieces as a side hustle. This journey only intensified her love of art and the pursuit of creating art she loves. Haley is inspired by light, color, and texture, and is often brought to tears by the beauty of nature (which drives her husband crazy, but he’s getting used to it). She loves to paint flowers, pets, and abstract pieces with an abundance of visual brushstrokes, paint drips, texture, and colorful washes. She uses bright, vibrant colors underneath and gradually builds each layer with muted colors to achieve a look that is playful and a bit dramatic—just like her.