"It started as a practical situation - I needed a model - so I turned for the sake of economy toward my reflected image. What I discovered in the self-portrait has become the most important aspect of my work. The self-portrait places restrictions on the variety of poses, as does the "portrait" genre, but these seeming limitations open up a psychological realm that is important to me, so I consent to work within them."
Originally from Colorado, Haley Hasler studied painting at Indiana University (BFA) and Boston University (MFA). She has received numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Grant, an Indiana Arts Commission Fellowship, a Virginia Commission of the Arts Fellowship, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, and is a three-time winner of the Elizabeth Greenshields Award.
Hasler has taught painting and drawing and lectured at various universities, including University of Virginia, University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and Colorado State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, and universities. Recent exhibitions and accompanying publications include Art of the State at the Arvada Center in Colorado; Get Real: New American Painting at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida; The Expressive Voice: Brought to Light, featuring selections from the permanent collection of the Danforth Museum in Massachusetts; and Sight Specific at the Concord Art Association. Hasler is represented by Alpha Gallery in Boston.