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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Artist turns hobby into career

  • "I used to care what people thought about me, until one day, I tried to pay my bills with their opinions," is Hayes Martens new life motto
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  •  "I used to care what people thought about me, until one day, I tried to pay my bills with their opinions," is Hayes Martens new life motto. Martens quit his day job at Direct Freight Services to make his talent and hobby of making art his full-time job. Martens said, he was waking up at 2 in the morning to sketch and paint and that's when he realized that, that was his passion and he needed to do it full-time. Marten began to sell his art for money in April of 2013 after he had donated a drawing of a Catholic church to the St. Columban Church benefit auction and the drawing brought in $900. That gave Martens the confidence to start asking for money for his art. Martens has been sketching one drawing a day since January 1st of this year. "The second quarter of the year I started doing sketch themes each week," said Martens. These themes are things like, hay, old country singers and rodeo. His daily sketches take about an hour and a half to complete on average. However, he recently sketched a picture of George Straight that took him nearly 3 hours to complete. Martens advertises and sells these sketches on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HayesMartensArt, which he started shortly after the church benefit auction and Martens said it took off fast. He currently has 4,261 likes on his Facebook page, 2,100 followers on Twitter and 299 followers on Instagram. "Social media allowed me to market better," Martens said. Martens has created roughly 280 pieces of art this year and is now doing commissioned work for people all over the world including Austrailia, Thailand, Canada and Mexico. He said most of his art is sent to Texas and Ohio. "It's humbling when people pay you to hang your art on their wall," said Martens. Martens has donated a total of $47,000 worth of his art to youth and youth charities so far this year country wide. He also donated a drawing of George Brett to the Farmer's Electric AYBF fundraiser this year. Former Chillicothe art teacher Walt Miller gave Martens the only type of formal training he has ever had. Martens graduated from Chillicothe in 1988 and now has a wife, Kelly, and a three year old daughter, Quincie.

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