Ivey Hayes, age fifty-seven, was born on a farm in Rocky Point in Pender County. By age seven he displayed artistic talent, and by high school he was earning $20 for portraits of neighbors. After college he was drafted into the army in 1971, but later received a medical discharge because of arthritis that would plague him the rest of his life. La Vere discusses how Hayes has dealt with rheumatoid arthritis, how he earned a living before returning to painting, the various phases of his painting, and how he discovered the signature style by which he is known. Hayes has exhibited his work at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., galleries in New York and other major cities, and across North Carolina.