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  The first print of a painting by Hailey that I saw was at The Frame Gallery in Bryan.   It was the cat pictured below.  As I looked at more of her works, I became increasingly impressed.  I sent Hailey an email asking her if she was agreeable to having a page in oldartguy.com; she was.  A couple of days latter, we accidentally met each other at SEAD.  Hailey said she recognized my ZZ Top beard.  Aha!  I knew the beard would be useful.


“Although I‘ve painted off and on since I was seven, I didn’t begin to work at it
in earnest in 2010.  Even though my art teachers encouraged me to become an artist, I decided to choose my career path as a scientist as my parents wanted. I've been a research scientist and mathematician for some years, but I've never felt I was truly happy or satisfied.  After giving up my art to pursue science and mathematics, I think I lost my way.  I started painting again, and, all of a sudden, I felt as though my repressed passion for art was coming back.

“When I decided to paint again, I was searching for a method to express myself, my feelings, and my interests.  I discovered that I found great satisfaction and peaceful moments in the process.
“My favorite medium is watercolor because I love its spontaneous nature and transparency.  I paint primarily in watercolor but also like to play with ink and acrylic in combination with watercolor. I love to paint on any surface I can think of.   I continuously experiment; I think that’s because of my previous career in mathematics and science.”

Hailey is a watermedia artist who loves learning new techniques and experimentation.  Growing up in Korea, she painted off and on since she was seven.  She came to the United States in 1996 for graduate studies and received her PhD at Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2004.  She worked as a research scientist and lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University for a short term.  Some time later, she began to take community art classes.  In 2010, she started watercolor painting in earnest.

Hailey loves the watercolor medium for layering, colors, and transparency which appeals to her sense of spontaneity.  Her watercolors are vibrant, bright and rich with incredible depth and wonderful tonal ranges.   She is not content with a particular style but wants to evolve continually.  She loves to enrich her creativity and artistic vision through continued experimentation.  Her painting “Street Art Fair” won “Best of Show” in the 2012 BVAL judged show, “Klein Pulse Comp” won “First Place (semi-pro division)” in the 2013 BVAL Judged show, and “Happy Hour” won the “Herweck's Award” in the 2012 Texas Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.

Currently she is a member of Brazos Valley Art League, Arts Council of Brazos Valley, Watercolor Art Society-Houston, and Texas Watercolor Society.






-Texas Gallery, Jan. 7-Feb.2, 2012. The 2012 BVAL/LSAG Judged Show, got Best of Show and First Honorable Mention awards.

-Parish Hall, St. Andrew's, Bryan, Texas. March 2, 2012.

-Texas gallery, College Station, Texas, April 28-May 30, 2012.

-Art Center Studio, College Station, Texas. May 1-June 30, 2012, exhibit with Gary Robbins.

-Bay City Convention and Civic Center, Bay City, Texas. May 18-20, 2012.

Lone Star Art Guild 2012 Convention, Honorable Mention

-Downtown Bryan, near The Village Cafe, June 1, 2012. showing a demo as a featured artist of Arts Council of Brazos Valley

-San Antonio Art League and Museum, San Antonio, Texas. June 1-30, 2012.

Herweck's Award, Honorable Mention - Texas Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.

- Downtown Bryan, near The Village Cafe, Oct. 12-13. BVAL Artist Showcase in the Texas Reds.

- Parish Hall, St. Andrew's,Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas. Nov. 2, 2012.

-Texas gallery, College Station, Texas, Nov. 8-Dec. 3, 2012.

-Texas gallery, College Station, Texas, Jan 12-Feb. 8, 2013. The 2013 BVAL Judged Show, First Place and Division Best Overall award

- Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas, Feb. 1, 2013. showing a demo as a featured artist of Brazos Valley Art League and Arts Council of Brazos Valley



Downtown Gallery in Navasota


101 East Washington Avenue

Navasota, Texas 77868

Gifts and Gab

201 Main Street

Bryan, Texas


The Frame Gallery

216 North Bryan Avenue

Bryan, Texas 77803 


The Artisans' Corner Gift Shop

Arts Center

2275 Dartmouth St.

College Station, Texas 77840


The Gallery at Round Top

 203 East Austin

Round Top, Texas 78954



If you are interested in purchasing prints printed/framed/on stretched canvas on-demand, they are available at hailey-e-herrera.artistwebsites.com/ and haileywatermedia.imagekind.com

Hailey was voted this year’s fan favorite at Bryan’s

Downtown Street and Art Fair.

Woodland Trail

Sunny Sundance

Balancing Act

Beyond the Woods

Incipient Blooms

Water Dance

Cotton Stalk

Fluvial Mosaic

In the Wood

Barn Owl

Magnolia Grandiflora

Hailey’s contribution to the 2016 ACT auction

Little Owl

Twisted Oak

Prickly Pear II

Misty Morning

Great Blue Heron

Spring Impressions

Elegance in Red

Happy Sunbathing 2

Bucking Rhythm

Black Swan

Butterfly Effect