Meet the Artist 🦇

 

Hello spooky friends!

My name is Hayley and I am a 31 year old full-time spooky artist & mummy of 2.

Art has always been such a big part of my life. My dad, who was an incredibly talented artist, taught me everything I know. I spent countless hours of my childhood watching him draw and paint on our dining room table. I showed an interest in drawing at a very early age and my dad caught on. He helped me enter many drawing and coloring contests throughout my life. He would share his tips and tricks with me (that I still use to this day)

As a kid, I knew I wanted to be an artist but at the time, I thought that would be impossible. I even went to college for Early Education for 2 years before I realized it wasn’t what I truly wanted to do.

I’ve been drawing since I was 5 years old and I started painting almost 5 years ago now!

Not only has art been a huge part of my life but also all things horror, Halloween & spooky! (I mean, I WAS born just two days before Halloween on October 29th)

The holidays were always special in my childhood home but Halloween, in my opinion, was the best of them all. The spooky decorations, scary movies and stories, trick or treating, piles of candy. There’s just something so great about Halloween, specifically Halloween night. The smell, the feeling. If you know, you know.

I also saw my first horror movie (Scream) when I was just 7 years old and I was instantly hooked. To this day, Scream is still one of my favorite movies ever!

 

How Cup of Horror began:

July 2019, I was scrolling through Etsy and I came across an artist who painted Disney characters on cups. At first I thought, “Gosh. I could never do that. I HATE painting” and at the time, that was true! But something told me to try it anyways. I ordered a few plain cups to paint on and I already had the first character I wanted to paint in mind. The cups arrived, I got to work. I painted my first Ghost Face. I will admit, it wasn’t my best work but I had so much fun doing it. The next day, I painted Pennywise. I wanted to share them so I decided to post them on my Twitter. I went to bed thinking no one would see them because I only had 30 followers at the time.

I woke up to almost 700 retweets. 700. People LOVED my painted horror cups. Those two cups sold instantly and I had several messages asking for more.

In October of 2019, I decided to start my own small business. That is when Cup of Horror was created!

Eventually, sometime in the summer of 2020, I stopped painting on cups and moved onto bags!

I’ve painted bags every single day since! In October 2020, I was able to paint full-time.

Being a full-time artist & small business owner, especially with two little ones, can be challenging but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am able to paint what I love every single day and I am so beyond thankful for the love and support I have received throughout the years. I wouldn’t be able to do what I love for a living without the support from all of you.

 

Recently updated my art room! This is where I paint ALL of my spooky bags. Surrounded by every thing that I love and all things that inspire me. I usually watch my favorite comfort movies while I paint as well!