Featured Artist Katy Bailey

British artist Katy Bailey’s passionate pastel drawings of nudes display a range of emotion and the beauty of the human figure. To see more of her work, please visit her website.


Involuntary Bliss

“Involuntary Bliss” Pastel, Paint and Charcoal, 152 cm x 126 cm


I was born into an Anglo/Dutch family in Cambridge in 1960 and Ii am still living here. From a very early age I never felt that words were enough to express how I felt so I began drawing my feelings. Consequently my work has always been a diary in paint.



“Rise” Pastel, Paint, White Tissue Paper and Ink, 150 cm x 100 cm


When I look back at different series or years of work, I can see what I was trying to express.


There Were No Stars That Night

“There Were No Stars That Night” Pastel, Paint and Ink, 70 cm x 160 cm


The underwater series, for instance, was about grief and how it feels to be grieving, how you can hear the muffled world above you but you are not ready to engage fully in it.


Rise Too

“Rise Too” Pastel, Paint, White Tissue Paper and Ink, 100 cm x 150 cm


The charcoals and the wood series were about trying to get back to drawing in the open air, a need for speed, instant tools, charcoal and pastels to hand; drawing and painting with passion and vigour.


I Can Feel You Breathing

“I Can Feel You Breathing” Pastel, Paint and White Tissue Paper, 90 cm x 110 cm


As I am also a psychotherapist in private practise, human frailty has always interested me; how just a fleeting glance or glimpse bared the soul when the body told a different story. My pieces are usually quite large and I like to draw with as much movement as I can. My art is more about realness as opposed to realism.

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  1. Kudos to this artist for being “fluent” in both language and brush strokes. Nice accomplishment.

  2. +1 for the colours.

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