Mel Hayes is a multi-disciplinary artist, who pushes the boundaries between visual arts and graphic design. Originally trained as a graphic designer and BDes graduate from the Alberta University of the Arts. Her studies informed her approach to abstract painting, relying on shapes and composition to elevate her ideas and evoking strong emotions.
After graduating, Mel moved abroad to England, where she gained experience working as a designer in London and on the South Coast in Bournemouth. This experience and the summers spent in Newfoundland as a teen founded her fascination with the ocean. With her upbringing rooted in Alberta, not far from the Rocky Mountains. These distinctive variance in the landscape and the memory associated with these places inspire the textures and movement in Mel’s practice. Mel currently works as a freelance designer in Toronto, with recent clients being the DX Exchange, Holt Renfrew and Vice Media.