Karen L Bailey


After a career in teaching in Higher Education, Karen was able to pursue a lifelong interest in botanical art. This had been stimulated from an early age and a love of plants was acquired from her father who was a Chelsea Flower Show Gold-medallist landscape gardener.

An interest in calligraphy and illuminated manuscripts engendered further study into watercolour painting and it was to illustrate the text that Karen began to work with botanical subjects.  Watercolour painting of flowers became a passion and progressed to more ambitious work.

Initial instruction was gained from residential courses in botanical art over a period of about 15 years but attendance was limited to weekends and holidays.  Following retirement in 2005 and joining a weekly botanical art class, improvement and confidence grew with much encouragement from the tutor.

Karen is a full member of the SBA and in 2013 gained a Certificate of Botanical Merit for a painting of an Agapanthus Seedhead.  She now enjoys painting alpine plants on vellum and has recently gained approval from the RHS to exhibit at their shows.