On August 27, 1948 Hayden was born in the small town of Ramah, New Mexico. As the youngest, and only brother of two older sisters, Hayden learned early on in life to find peace and solitude out in “them there hills”. With so much time spent outdoors, he quickly grew to appreciate the wildlife he found all around him.
In 1988 he was selected to be the Artist of the year for Whitetails Unlimited, and Artist of the Year for the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep in 1990. In the winter 1991, he was chosen as Artist of the Quarter for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and then Artist of the Year for the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.
For many years Hayden’s work could be seen at shows such as FNAWS, Safari Club International, Game Coin, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and others. Many of his paintings have been published by Leanin’ Tree Publishing Co. in their Christmas card line and the National Rifle Association uses his work for cards, prints, and target practice!
Hayden’s artwork has been featured in art and outdoor magazines such as Art West, Hunters’ Quest, Wildlife Art News, Idaho Wildlife, Cabela’s, New Mexico Wildlife,
Alaskan Outdoors, Thrifty Nickel, and others. He has also used his work to raise thousands of dollars each year for conservation groups.