Carol Bailey has lived in scenic Cache Valley, Utah all of her life. From an early age, she has been interested in art, spending endless hours drawing the world around her. Her first exposure to oil painting came as her sister was teaching piano lessons to the local art instructor's children. When art lessons were suggested in exchange for piano lessons, she fell in love with oil painting and has never looked back!
Most of her formal art education came from spending several years in the studio of Kent Wallis, whom she credits with teaching her the fundamentals. Since that time, she has continued to develop her talent by studying many of the better known painters of the last 200 years, with a focus on the French and American Impressionists. She has traveled to France and Italy in order to study the work of the masters more closely.
Carol Bailey's style reflects many of the painters she has developed and affinity with over the years-Monet, Turner, Pissaro, Frieseke, Rose, etc. Her colors are chosen from nature, the heavy application punctuated with bright, realistic highlights in a style uniquely her own. The effect is soothing, reminiscent of the uplift brought on by a bright summer day. One wants to walk down one of her garden paths, or stand beside one of her cool mountain streams.
Carol Bailey's work has been shown in a number of museums and galleries across the United States. She has been involved in a number of show and exhibits, including an exhibit at the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum in California. Carol recently did a series of mission paintings after visiting San Juan Capistrano and some of the other California missions, and these were shown in a solo exhibition at the Rive Gauche gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has had her work marketed internationally by Gango Editions as unlimited edition art prints.
Carol is a member of several national artist organizations: Oil Painters of America, and the Society of American Impressionists. She has been a working professional artist for over 20 years. She continues to challenge herself creatively by approaching each new painting as an opportunity to share the inspiration she feels when she sees a beautiful scene.
"I believe an artist should never stop growing and learning. I am always seeking to create the perfect painting. I strive for a feeling of light and harmony in my paintings. I want to communicate with the viewer the excitement and joy I feel when I view nature. I want to show not only what a place looks like, but what it feels like!" Carol Bailey's love of art and passion to continue to improve have not faded since her unusual introduction to the fine arts over 20 years ago.
"Flowers and Old Stones", One Women Show, Rive Gauche Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Dec 2010
"Mission Paintings", One Woman Show, Rive Gauche Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 2010
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Nat'l Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC, NY
American Southwest Juried Art Exhibition, Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, Simi Valley, CA
April Salon, Springville Art Museum Nat'l Juried Exposition, Springville, UT
Women Artists of the West International Juried Exhibition, Visalia, CA
New England Fine Art Institute Invitational Juried Exhibition of American Art, Boston, MA
New York Art Expo, NYC, NY
General Federated Women's Club Annual Juried Exposition, SLC, UT (2nd Place)
Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Festival of the American West Nat'l Juried Exposition, Logan, UT
Collector's Mart Art Zone 30th Annual Exposition, Denver, CO
5 Person Show, Greta Peterson Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Public Exhibition at the First Plaza, Albuquerque, NM
Alliance for the Varied Arts Annual Juried Exposition, Logan, UT
"All About Landscapes", Group Show, Rive Gauche Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
"Small Works", Group Show, Prince Royal Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Carmel Mission Foundation Art Fundraiser, Carmel, CA