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The stories behind a face

The common thread that influences all my creative work is ‘stories’. Reading, telling and re-telling tales has always been an integral part of my life, from my love of reading and making up fantasy worlds when I was young, to illustrating children’s books, to my continuing passion for mythology, history and legends.


Portraits are the main subject for my artwork because I am drawn to faces. A person’s face is like the cover of a book, concealing years’ worth of stories all intricately entwined to weave the fabric of who they are. In every human there are countless strands, love, hope, pain, fear, friendship, and a face is the doorway for the greatest and most complex tale of all.


A woman of vibrancy - pastel (2020)

limited edition prints available


Pastel (2018)

Hayley Elliott-Kernot

The Green Lady (based on the work of

Vladimir Tretchikoff - pastel (2017)

limited edition prints available

Hayley Elliott-Kernot

Wahine - painted with the guidance of  Tui (2017)

(this work is not based on a real person)

Hayley Elliott-Kernot

Grandfather Fox - pastel (2018)

limited edition prints available

A World on Fire - oil pastel, 2022

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