I'm an old-school surfer and skateboarder from Long Island, NY. I gravitate towards the macabre and kitsch in my fine art work, drawing inspiration from my suburban roots, Halloween, my love of the sea, punk rock, surf and skate culture, and my relationships within the LGBT community. I use my camera to document those singular American subcultures. 

Available for editorial assignments where ever my car will take me.

Follow me on instagram @mermaidsugarskull

I won the title of Best Mermaid in the 2012 Coney Island Mermaid Parade, painted as a Dia De Los Muertos mermaid.


Humble Arts Foundation Group Show 61: Loss • May 2019
Yeah Girl • Issue 3, 2018
YOHO!GIRL Magazine Keep Calm and Skate On • June Issue 2017
Feature Shoot Double Your Fun: Our Spellbinding Double Exposure Group Show • June 2014
NY Skateboarding Photo Recap: The Loud ones Record release Show • March 2014
Feature Shoot Happy Valentine's Photo Lovers: 27 Flower Arrangements • February 2014
Fototazo The Fototazo Gallery Posts 149: Kathleen Hayes • June 21, 2013
F-Stop Magazine Issue #59 "True/False" • June 2013/July 2013
Feature Shoot Group Show: 33 Beach Vacation Photos • April 16, 2013
F-Stop Magazine Issue #54 "Latin America" • August 2012/September 2012
Fototazo Editor's Selection of 100 in collaboration with F-Stop Magazine #54 The Latin America Issue • August 9, 2012

Humble Arts Where is my American Splendour? Photography Exhibition Presents Hopeful View of American Politics and Culture • June 1, 2018
Thrasher Magazine Zine Thing • March 2016 Issue #428
SVA Close Up Shred Til You’re Dead: Photos of Diehard Middle-aged Skateboarders • November 2015
Laughing Squid A Portrait of a Mermaid A Film About Coney Island Parade Winner & Surfer ‘Muerte Mermaid’ • October 10, 2012
Wall Street Journal Work Wear "What They're Wearing At The School of Visual Arts" • September 26, 2012
SVA Close Up SVA's Kathleen Hayes Crowned 2012 'Best Mermaid' • July 19, 2012

Honorable Mention - American Splendour: New Photograhy • 2018

BFA Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York 1997
Art Education, School of Visual Arts, New York 1998
MPS Digital Photography, School Of Visual Arts, New York 2015

2 Person Exhibition
2014 MF Gallery, Controvisual - Vera Comploj & Kathleen Hayes, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions
2018 Cryptic Gallery, Skate Related, Paughkeepsi, NY
2018 Ilon Art Gallery, American Splendor, New york, NY
2018 Seventh Letter Gallery, Yeah Girl, Los Angeles, CA
2017 MF Gallery, 15th Annual Halloween Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2017 B-Complex Gallery, What the World Needs Now, Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Atlanta, GA
2017 House of Vans, I.P.F. Photo Prize, London, UK
2016 G. W. Carver Center for the Arts, A Woman In Her Place, Towson, MD
2015 SVA Gramercy Gallery, FUSE - Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY
2015 MF Gallery, 13th Annual Halloween Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2015 McGlothlin Center fot the Arts, A Woman In Her Place, Emory, VA
2015 CityArts, A Woman In Her Place, Wichita, KS
2015 MF Gallery, Girls Of The Underground, Brooklyn, NY
2015 E. B. White Gallery, A Woman In Her Place, El Dorado, KS
2014 Gallery Sensei, Twilight, New York, NY
2014 Punk Rock Fish, Old Pro, Berlin, MD
2014 SVA Gramercy Gallery, SVA All Staff Art Show, New York, NY
2014 A. Smith Gallery, Hipstamatic, Johnson City, TX
2013 Magic Johnston, I.P.F. Independent Photography Festival - Photo Prize, Melbourne, Australia
2013 MF Gallery, 11th Annual Halloween Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Berlin Coffee house, The Birds, Berlin, MD
2013 SVA Gramercy Gallery, SVA All Staff Art Show, New York, NY
2013 A. Smith Gallery, July, Johnson City, TX
2013 Newspace Center For Photography, Newspace 2013 Juried Exhibition, Portland, OR
2013 Punk Rock Fish, MONOFILAMENTAL,Berlin, MD
2013 MF Gallery, 10th Anniversary Show, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Dimensions, Annual Summer Skate Deck Art Show, Ocean City, MD
2013 Black Box Gallery, Photo Salon, Portland, OR
2013 RH Gallery, Single Fare 3, New York, NY
2013 Kraine Gallery, Ladies, New York, NY
2012 Kraine Gallery, Put a Bow On It, New York, NY
2012 Modern Eden Gallery, Hope Beyond, San Francisco, CA
2012 Kraine Gallery, Things That Go Bump In The Night, New York, NY
2012 MF Gallery, 10th Annual Halloween Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Darkroom Gallery, Mobile-O-graphy,  Essex Junction, VT
2012 Dimensions, Annual Summer Skate Deck Art Show, Ocean City, MD
2012 Ann Street Gallery, Gendered Object: Barbie As Art, Newburgh, NY
2012 Create Studios, Blood of the Young, Brighton, UK
2012 Tinning Street Gallery, I.P.F. Photo Prize, Melbourne, Australia
2012 Kraine Gallery, Animal Love, New York, NY
2011 Kraine Gallery, Put a Bow On It, New York, NY
2011 Empire State Studio, Quicksilver Pro, A Photo Summary, Oceanside, NY
2011 Kraine Gallery, Psssttt, New York, NY
2011 MF Gallery, 9th Annual Halloween Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
2011 The Loom, Figuratively Speaking, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Sloan Fine Art, Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again, New York, NY
2004 CBGB’s 313 Gallery, Out Of The Dark, New York, NY
1999 Islip Art Museum, Exposed, Islip, NY
1998 Islip Art Museum, About Face, Islip, NY
1997 Art Directors Club, SVA BFA Photography Mentors Show, New York, NY
1996 SVA Flatiron Gallery, Untitled 4 Person Exhibit, New York, NY