Kathy Marlene Bailey is an award winning Canadian oil painter, who resides near Horseshoe Valley, in Central Ontario. She was raised in Toronto, in a very artistic family. Her mother was an accomplished professional portrait artist and her dad designed and oversaw construction of innumerable Canadian restaurants from the sixties through the nineties, while her mom did all the colour and fabric choices. Her dad was also quite an enthusiastic amateur photographer. Her siblings are also very artistic, and the trend is continuing down the generations. Her close family roots go to Newfoundland and Eastern Europe and have lent her two rich cultures to pull upon. Her most valuable experience as a child was to be part of a family cottage in Haliburton County, Ontario. There she became immersed in nature and a large and loving extended family.
Kathy uses traditional oil techniques to create incredible luminosity and illusion of depth to bring the viewer into an uplifted experience within her paintings. Gazing at -or into - water, studying a feast of forms within plant life, looking up into magnificence within the sky OR at the magnificence within humanity - these are all experiences she paints. For several decades, Kathy has worked as a professional artist and has been honing and teaching the Renaissance oil painting methods that she was first introduced to at the University of Guelph.
She is the president of the Canadian Glaze Oil Society and is a member of the Central Ontario Artists Association. Her major oil works of Old Perlican Harbour are represented by Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s NL. Smaller paintings can be found at Galerie d’Art Le Belley in Quebec City, QC, including paintings of the Gull River, her Heavens Series, her Algonquin Series and On the Way Series. She has been featured in major articles in the Hamilton Spectator and the St. John’s Telegram. Kathy has won many awards for her work, with paintings and sculpture in collections across Canada, the USA and other countries. Kathy is an accomplished instructor, with quite roster of brilliant artists who have studied Renaissance oil painting techniques under her direction. Allow yourself to connect and be transported by the power within Kathy’s very carefully crafted paintings.