Of the art throughout history, I would say what has riveted me most was that of Rembrandt, Turner, the Romantics, and Expressionists. I have never been too impressed by idealized beauty – the kind that has needed to be tweaked, preened and consciously improved. Beauty – real natural beauty - is there for the taking of my breath. It is raw, it is sometimes gritty, and it is most often brilliantly mixed up with human elements and flaws. The major draw for me of spectacular beauty is the incomprehensibility of it. I seek to paint beauty at a level of complexity of which I don’t understand. I explore and inquire with my eyes and brushes. I paint in repetitive layers, in the indirect methods of Renaissance masters. The layers and layers of reapplying the entire paint surface lets me in to the secrets of shape, form, designs and colour – of the mystery and wonder of the spectacle of beauty. My artistic agendas are to first explore the beauty with my art-making and then, by it, share in my awe and wonder of the sacred experience of beauty revealed to me through that process.
-Kathy Marlene Bailey, May 2019