Overland Park resident John Hayes has been drawing and painting ever since he can remember, and from the start the subject matter was usually something humorous. “I like experimenting with materials and having fun with my art, but first and foremost strive to connect with my audience. If a drawing or painting makes someone smile and think, then I’ve done my job. I’m a decent writer but think it’s cool when I can make a statement on strictly visual terms with no words or explanation.”
From elementary school (where he grew up in Des Moines) through college (University of Iowa, School of Art and Art History class of ’84), his cartoons would make their way into the school newspapers and classroom bulletin boards. After moving to the Kansas City area in 1986, editorial illustration and signage jobs eventually gave way to painting on canvas and pushing the limits of Prismacolor pencils (his favorite!).
John has shown throughout the Midwest and has pieces on permanent display at Friends University in Wichita and Oklahoma City Community College. He still can’t remember how the Redheads and Fish series started or where it came from.