Caroline Bailey is a graduate of Manchester Polytechnic (BA and MA). An award-winning artist, she taught until the 1980s, while continuing to produce her own work. Since then she has painted full-time. She has had major solo exhibitions in London and elsewhere and group exhibitions include the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW), to which she was elected member in 1998.
Caroline’s awards include the NS Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1999, the Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours 1999, and the Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours 2001.
Her paintings are inspired by landscape, sea and still life. "My work is inspired by a love of land and sea and the footprints of human activity found where they meet. Although descriptive of the places I like, my paintings are not documentary but rather concerned with shape, colour and layering of textures.I hope to express something of the feel and atmosphere that I experience there. The painting, once begun, determines its own direction and its own conclusion."