All her life, Gail Hayton has been creating imagery with a jewel-like quality.
After experimenting with woven tapestries, embroidery, quilting and large-size paintings in pencil and watercolor, she finally found her "jewel" in miniature art using the medium of acrylic.
Hayton's passion is to render sun-drenched landscapes that usually include architecture, and sometimes horses. Her love for these subjects comes from two sources.
After finishing high school, Hayton's parents insisted she get an education in something that could make money. Art was not considered to be an option. She decided on a career in architecture because of her love for historic houses. After working as an architect for a few years, she resigned herself to the fact that she would live her life stuck to a drafting board. She went back to school in engineering and worked for Ford Motor. Co. through 2006, when she retired.
- When Hayton's daughter was young, she talked her father into buying her a horse — a journey that led to many hours spent in barns admiring the giant muscular animals. Thus, her love for horse imagery was born.
Hayton has been painting in miniature for 11 years for her own pleasure while occasionally exhibiting. The World Federation of Miniaturists accepted two works for inclusion in the Third Exhibition for Fine Art in Miniature hosted by The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. She also received honorable mention by MPSG in Washington, D.C.
While employed at Ford Motor Co., Hayton's work was featured in Ford World, a magazine with worldwide distribution. She is now experiencing the career she always wanted — as a full-time artist.