Christy Hayhoe's paintings depict places remembered and recent. Over time, personal spaces take on characteristics of their residents. A bedroom becomes a portrait of the person who sleeps there every night, and a messy living room gives insight into the family who lives there.
We react to a space in two main ways: first, to the decor, colours, and architecture. But sometimes an additional layer is present to the senses: an awareness of the emotional atmosphere of the room in these paintings, washes of colour and glazes are used to depict emotional atmospheres, while shapes and forms, both abstract and realistic, indicate structural and furnished elements of the space.