Marilyn J Hayes Arts

My work reflects the inner power and mystery of the feminine and of nature in mythic images and symbols such as the circle.

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~~My work reflects the symbolism, experiences and mystery of my inner life, in particular the archetypes that are present in the symbolic approach to mythology. My work also expresses the power and mystery of the feminine through the images and symbols reflected in myths from ancient cultures. The circle and circular flowing motion are symbols of the feminine in my work. They are also symbols of the flow of life and energy in nature, e.g., the cycles of the seasons, the flow of water, and the rainbow. I am also concerned with my connections with my ancestors and inner guides.

Themes related to the natural world and its symbols are another aspect of my work. I include these themes in my work because I feel that connecting to the natural world balances my involvement in the technical world that surrounds me. My primary influences are abstract expressionists. Some of my work is also inspired by my ancestry primarily exploring themes from the culture of my Haitian grandmother.

Currently, I am working in watercolor and gouache and making monoprints using Akua water-based inks. Drawing is an essential part of my work because I Iove the magic of creating a three dimensional space on the blank page. Water media appeal to me because of its flexibility, fluidity, and because the results can be unpredictable.
I am concerned with balance - both expressing flow and improving my control and skill. I make my monoprints at the Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA. I paint in my home and at my studio in River District Arts, Sperryville, VA (www.riverdistrict I am a member of the Women’s Caucus for Art ( and WCADC (


Marilyn Hayes




Studio 2, River District Arts, 3 River LN
Sperryville, VA 22740

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