Kathy Marlene Bailey lives in Horseshoe Valley, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto in Art Education and Sheridan College in Creative Arts and ever since, has been a practicing professional artist. In her first year of university, she had the pivotal experience of learning traditional glaze oil painting and is one of a handful of artists in Canada who works in this highly specialized field. As a child, Kathy developed a fascination for nature and all its complexities – the details within details within details. The Renaissance methods of oil painting she learned in university became an ideal medium for painting and exploring these inwardly collapsing fractals. The method had limitless gages to tweak and pull. Addictive were gages to instantly quiet or brighten colours, or broadly or specifically alter value, contrast and colour qualities - transparency, translucency, opacity being but a few. The subtlest of subtle shapes within shapes were possible to paint and adjust. When Kathy paints, she is in no hurry. She relentlessly glazes over and over again, readjusts and reinforces until all things that she can see fall into perfect balance. They ultimately jump up and dance together in a perfect harmonic melody on the canvas. When the viewing experience is completely transcendental for Kathy, the painting is complete.
Kathy Marlene Bailey has participated for many years in commercial galleries, art events, juried shows, several major exhibitions, and has won many awards for her work. She is currently represented by Christina Parker Gallery in St. John's NL and Art @231 Gallery in Hamilton, ON.