hello!

I'm Shannon Hays—designer, illustrator, surface pattern designer and doodler. I began my design career more than twenty years ago as an art director for a publishing company. After many years of designing layouts, logos and brochures, I recently discovered a new passion for illustration.

I now happily spend my days drawing cute characters and creating playful patterns. It's been thrilling to see my designs come to life on stationery, wall art, fabric and books. I've had the privilege of working with some amazing clients, including Design House Greetings, Elephant & Bird Books, Great Arrow Graphics, Lilipinso, Make Believe Ideas, Minted, Studio-e Fabrics, Paper Balloon, Paper House Productions and Peaceable Kingdom.

When I'm not in my studio, you can usually find me walking my dogs on the trails, watching a soccer game, or seeking out the best ice cream on the seacoast of New Hampshire with my husband and three lovely daughters.

Thank you for stopping by. Take a look around. I'm open to licensing my designs and working on commission. I’m always up for a fun new project, so feel free to drop me a line—I'd love to hear from you!  shannon@shannonhays.com