In the fall of 2018 I had the honor of being chosen as Michigan State University's cover story for their Resilience series! It was such an incredible experience and I am so excited that I am able to share it with you all!
My name is Kathryn Bailey, I am a 24 year old artist with no hands and no limits.
I graduated with my Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Painting and Graphic Design from Michigan State University in December of 2018!
Throughout my life I have found comfort in the woods. The secrets that are held within,
and the quiet strength of the mighty pine tree. It is everything that I wish to be: it can be burnt
down to ashes and come back even stronger, withstand the most powerful winds, and through
it all, it stays firmly rooted in place.
I have been told many times that because I was born with no hands, I would be unable
to achieve certain things in my life, however, I have found that to be completely false. Painting
is a way of revealing to myself that to have strength, I must first experience pain.
The landscape itself may not be seen as having much value, just as I have been judged.
Those opinions do not define who I am. It’s ok to be different, in fact, I encourage it.
My influences have ranged from Van Gogh to Thomas Kinkade until finally settling back on my first influence: Claude Monet. I have always been fascinated by the Impressionist movement - the way they can take pretty much anything and make you feel such intense emotions while only giving just enough information. I think it walks a beautiful line between too much and too little. I strive to take inspiration from the Impressionists while putting my own contemporary twist on my influencers from long ago.
A collection of My Works. Pricing is calculated at $2 x sq in for originals. Shipping costs will be calculated upon contact. Any purchase of two or more works will receive a 10% discount! Be sure to check out my Instagram for all my works in progress and giveaways! Visit my Facebook for exclusive sales! You can view or purchase many of My Works Here.
Michigan, United States