Clifford T. Bailey was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1952. He began exhibiting his work professionally in 1971 at the age of nineteen in the Martin Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. He began painting as a full time artist in 1980. He has won numerous First Place and Best of Show awards in national exhibitions and shows and is included in many private and corporate collections including Con Agra, Swift, Burlington Railroad and Beatrice.
Clifford lives with his wife, Cheryl on a farm east of Greeley, Colorado. Looking west from the studio is Bailey's favorite landscape, several hundred acres of grazed pasture bordering the Platte River with Long's Peak in the far distance. People familiar with Bailey's work will recognize various parts of the view that frequently appear in the traditional landscapes he paints. These pastures have provided Bailey with an unending source of inspiration for his paintings. He has constantly observed Long's Peak and the other Front Range mountains and their foreground landscape in all weather, seasons and times of day.
Bailey composes his landscape paintings from recollections stored in his mind's eye and from a collection of photographs he has taken. He doesn't copy the photographs, but instead uses them to supply information about a certain tree, a cloud formation, or an object reflected in water. His primary concern in creating a painting is the feeling or emotion it invokes, the light and the atmosphere.
He also paints small still lifes that are reminiscent of the Old Masters in their technique with contrasting dark and light tones and subject matter such as perfectly rendered fruits. These are often rendered with subtle reflections on a black tabletop and droplets of water. Each is a careful study not only of the objects painted, but also of the technique and art of applying oil paint to canvas.
After being introduced to the medium of oil paint in a high school art class, Bailey continued to paint and study on his own and is, essentially, a self taught artist. "It's in your hand, your eye, the only way to learn to paint is to paint. What makes a painter an artist isn't necessarily skill or talent, it's something else. A lot of people have a considerable ability to draw or paint but aren't interested in approaching their subject in a sensitive or thoughtful way. It's far more important to me to learn to see what is essential and paint from the heart. If the viewer is also sensitive they will respond to the emotion you put into it."
SHOWS AND AWARDS
The following is a partial list of shows and awards over the last fifteen years:
1995 - Allied Artists of America annual juried show - New York, New York
1996 - Award winning artist - Foothills Art Center - Colorado Art Open - Golden, Colorado
1997/1998/1999 - Annual Art Market Show/Invitational - Arvada Art Center - Arvada, Colorado
2000 - Award Winning Artist - By the Sea Gallery Annual Open Show - Bandon, Oregon
2001/2002 - Annual Art Market Show/Invitational - Arvada Art Center - Arvada, Colorado
2005 - El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery - Miniature show - 1st place oil - Colorado Springs, Colorado
2005 - El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery - El Dorado Award - Colorado Springs, Colorado
2006 - Miniature Art Society of Florida - 1st Place oil - Dunedin, Florida
2007 - El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery - 1st Place oil - Colorado Springs, Colorado
2007 - Miniature Arts Society of Florida - 1st Place Landscape - Dunedin, Florida
2009 - Western Spirit Art Show & Sale - Best of Show - Cheyenne, Wyoming
2010 - Western Spirit Art Show & Sale - 1st Place Oil - Cheyenne, Wyoming
2010 - National Small Oil Painting Exhibition - Director's Purchase Award - Wichita, Kansas