Resident Artist


Hayden Wilson | Charleston, SC

Hayden is creating in the Gallery’s studio space, capturing the scenery and the technicolor of life on the coast.

"The intentions of my paintings are to celebrate the various textures, colors, and spaces of a living scene or object by incorporating intense saturated colors and strategic marks; the captivating works combine the highly technical with the naturally organic."

Hayden invites viewers to consider the possibility that naturally existing colors evolve and are experienced on a wider spectrum depending on lighting, setting, and mood.

"Our culture is quick to photograph and document scenery without presently observing and appreciating, forcing our memories onto screens. My memories and experiences most dominantly exist in colors and light, and I invite viewers to reinterpret textures and space through the combined use of hyper saturated and naturally occurring colors. I paint organic spaces by translating my hypersensitivity of both the natural elements and the digital noise created by our modern, cellular-viewing tendencies by focusing on transitional colors and spaces. I strive to make the quiet areas where colors collide have their own exciting moment. I attempt to take the unnaturally occurring colors of digital media and make them into the subtle heroes in a painting of a natural subject."

Hayden has been painting her entire life; growing up, her subjects were frequently landscapes or her dogs. As a new mom in 2015, she turned that passion into a business. Hayden is a South Carolina native and received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clemson University in 2010 with a focus in oil painting. She spent a summer in Italy with my major and studied landscape, still life, and plein air painting.

In addition to years of experience and professional training, Hayden has a unique ability to see and create color from natural and digital source. Her paintings inspire viewers to experience her unique interpretation and sensational experiences by deconstructing neutrality and drawing one closer to nature.

Hayden is a wonderful addition to the experience of the Gallery and its Resident Artist Program. The Gallery looks forward to showcasing her paintings, sharing the visual stories of our beautiful locale and having her make Wild Dunes a place for creativity and inspiration.

Hayden’s studio schedule is Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-5.


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