Hayley Shortridge Gabriel was born in Van Nuys, California in 1982. At age 8 her family relocated to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where parents opened several stores and art galleries. Though Hayley is the youngest daughter of the nationally acclaimed artist, Stephen Charles Shortridge, she was completely unaware of her abilities in the arts. Early in life she followed athletic pursuits ranging from ballet to basketball. She also won a talent scholarship for singing as the runner up in Junior Miss.
Hayley went on to play college soccer on scholarship at Point Loma Nazarene University inSan Diego, California. She studied abroad in Spain for five months, permitting her to travel all over Western Europe and immerse herself in the culture. She loves to experience everything life has to offer and says, "It's exciting to take risks. When I've reached the end of my life I want to know I held nothing back; that I squeezed out every last bit of my potential.
I am willing to risk failure to find out that potential." In 2004, after graduating with a degree in Management and Organizational Communications, Hayley acted upon her desire to travel the world embarking on a three month backpacking trip throughout Europe. Being blessed with the ability to visit many of the renowned galleries in the world, she was able to see and study the works of the old masters in person, awakening in her a new appreciation for the art of painting. This exposure to the world's most talented artists inspired her to begin her quest of expressing her view of life through art.
Hayley immediately struck a chord among viewers and within her first year of painting was chosen as one of the few artists to be represented on the hit ABC series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when they came to the Pacific Northwest. She is humbled when people take in interest in her work. "I love to see people smile when seeing my art; as though they have personally identified or discovered something they have been missing. I want my viewers to walk away from my work feeling inspired to go express themselves through their own creative outlet; to see life with a new beauty."
"One of the greatest compliments for me, as an artist, would to be known as one who inspires others to really live."
Collectors and patrons across the United States have her work in their homes and she hopes to continue to bless others who encounter her art with the gift God has given her.