Hailey Xi is a visual artist born in Canada. She transferred to Collingwood in grade 6 and is currently in grade 10. She has a loving mom and dad and lots of cats in China.
Visual arts isn’t her only choice of arts. Rather, she enjoys a variety: guitar, ballet, hip-hop and figure skating. Hailey discovered her passion in the arts when she was just three years old. She began with small baby steps, making her first art piece with spaghetti. Her artworks mainly consisted of abstract art until she reached the age of 6, when she began to attend an art school.
During her time spent creating her artworks, Hailey has received a lot of positive attention and feedback, which further inspire and motivate her. She is grateful for the valuable feedback from others, which has allowed art to become one of her go-to activities to help her relax. Hailey’s colourful, vibrant life was also inspired by her beloved art teacher.
Her teacher has tried almost every art medium out there. Not only that, but she has also expanded her visions beyond the visual arts, exploring choir and plays as well. Hailey admires her teacher’s very diverse lifestyle and her attitude towards art. She wishes to become an artist like her teacher. (More after this Photo)
As of now, Hailey likes drawing inspiration from black and white references in real life. She also from her imagination—specifically, her nightmares. The artworks she produces aren’t direct definitions of her present feelings, rather how they might potentially feel. She is able to express them the best when she feels very strongly about something, like a social issue, usually being mental health. Hailey feels different depending on the colour she is using. For instance, when she uses vibrant colours that can be layered, like gouache or pastels, it provides her an outlet to relax. It takes the pressure off of creating perfect pieces and allows her to explore more and make mistakes. If she is using shades like black and white, she’s usually trying to provide the art piece with a deeper meaning.
Through Hailey’s years of experience of art, she figured that “art is more fun without deadlines”. We are excited to see where Hailey’s creativity and passion will take her in the future!