Nature is the primary inspiration for this native New Englander. Her favorite subjects are the uninhabited landscape, birds, and cats. These she paints in watercolor and pastel, in a somewhat impressionistic style. She is also drawn to collage, creating abstract works that explore patterns, words, and phrases.
As an artist, Michele is a "midlife beginner." She started taking classes in pastel painting in 2009 with local artist Sarah Fielding-Gunn Ricci. At the same time she began learning watercolor painting and collage-making on her own. In 2012 she began painting in oils as well.
Bailey's artwork has been juried into several shows at the Portsmouth Arts Guild (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015) in Portsmouth, RI and the Little Compton Community Center Summer Art Show (2012, 2013, 2014) in Little Compton, RI. She has also exhibited in group shows at the Russell Gallery at the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Westport MA (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
In April 2012 her mixed-media piece "Tidal" received an Honorable Mention in the Westport Art Group's
"H2O" exhibition, Westport, MA.
Her pastel painting "Pond Patterns" won Third Place in the Greater Fall River Art Association's 2013 Spring Exhibition. (see it below)
Her oil painting "Walkin' On Sunshine" was accepted into the juried show "Imagine Orange" at the Portsmouth Arts Guild, 2015.
Bailey is a member of the Artists of the BowHouse Studio, Tiverton, RI; the Westport Art Group, Westport, MA; the Greater Fall River Art Association, Fall River, MA; and South Coast Artists, based in Westport, MA. She lives in Tiverton RI and is also self-employed caring for cats, dogs and other pets.
"Pond Patterns" Pastel, 12x9" (SOLD)