Educated at the Royal Academy Schools and then in Paris, Haley was essentially a formal portrait painter, and from 1911 to 1922 he successfully entered his work at the Royal Academy London.  However, from that time he followed what was increasingly a brisk demand for illustrations, either for magazines or for fashion journals, generally featuring the attractive young ladies of the time, often known as ‘flappers’, who represented the generation of young people who were responding to the freedom following the horrors of the Great War.