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