Greetings. I'm a realist painter living in Takoma Park, MD, a lovably quirky small town just northeast of Washington, D.C. which prides itself in keeping a small town feel, supporting local businesses and artists and celebrating its free-spirited nature by naming a rooster who once roamed the streets as its town icon. Many of my paintings capture scenes from this town.

I find that living in Takoma Park is a never-ending source of inspiration for my paintings. I'm painting what's around me and what I love, finding both beauty and humor in my surroundings. I work with intense focus and attention to detail, spending 20 or more hours on a painting.

For most of my paintings, I'll create a collage from photos and sketches in order to visualize what I want my final painting to look like. After selecting a cigar box, art board or canvas, I use a single color—usually burnt umber—for the under painting, adding many more layers of paint until it is finished. With each painting, I learn something new about brushes, color, technique and canvas choice. I've also learned that if my easel is left unattended for even a minute, one of my five adorable cats will inevitably start knocking brushes around or step on the paint palette, leaving cute little paw prints all over everything.

Applying for Art Hop Takoma in January of 2014, which was my first art show, sparked the creation of seven Takoma Park-themed paintings, starting with Roscoe and the Polar Vortex. The growing series is called "Local * Organic * Freshly painted". In 2019 I'll  be adding to the Takoma Park Series, but also working on paintings inspired by my recent travels and other interests.

How to purchase original paintings, prints, and fine art gifts

If you see work on this site you are interested in, please feel free to contact me. Fine art gifts are available for purchase from my MBFA Shop. The Where to Find page has a comprehensive listing of retail stores, restaurants, exhibits/shows and online options.

About Michelle Bailey Fine Art and this website

Michelle Bailey Fine Art is a part of Michelle Bailey Creative LLC which includes website design and social media production services. To learn more please visit michellebaileycreative.com.

Thank you for stopping by!

Michelle Bailey Paintings Takoma Park MD

This animation shows the progression of the painting.

This animation shows the progression of the painting.



Live your pictures, Michelle.

I meant LOVE your pictures!

Thank you!

Leave a Reply