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Eugene B. Hayes, a native of the Wallowa
Valley of Northeastern Oregon, has been drawing since the age
of four. From his childhood he was at home in the mountains and
valleys of the "Switzerland of America." His natural
artistic abilities, coupled with his love of the outdoors and
his keen observation of nature, have produced realistic works
of detail and beauty.
Hayes served in the First
Cavalry Division in the Pacific during World War II. Back in Oregon,
he lost his right hand in 1947 in a feed mill accident.
While still recuperating, he began sketching with his left hand.
After training at the Jean Turner Art Center in
San Francisco in 1948, Hayes earned a diploma in commercial art
from the Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls.
In the ensuing years Hayes has worked in both
commercial and fine art. He has explored various media, including
oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil, specializing in realistic
wildlife, landscapes, and historical scenes. He paints some scenes
from real life, doing background research and drawing preliminary
sketches on location.
In addition to drawings, paintings, and prints,
Hayes has produced cartoons, maps, book illustrations, and murals.
The book A Wallowa County Sketchbook:
50 Drawings by Gene Hayes featuring his pencil sketches,
was published in 2003.
Hayes has shown his work in various art shows
throughout the Northwest, and he has operated galleries in Northern
Idaho and Northeastern Oregon. His work has also graced the aircraft
Through his art Hayes is
endeavoring to preserve the scenic beauty and wildlife of the
Pacific Northwest as well as the scenes of the everyday life of
an earlier time in the history of the Northwest. Recent themes
have included an Oregon Trail commemorative series, the one-room
schoolhouses of Wallowa County in Oregon, horse logging, and wheat