In Passages, painter Karen Bailey bypasses more traditional forms of grieving and unveils her visual response to the unexpected passing of her mother.
I am a visual storyteller; people who serve are my preferred subjects. I document behind-the-scenes workers and under-recognized people – waitresses, hairdressers, older women preparing food for church functions, Canadian military medical personnel caring for the wounded in Afghanistan. In my Official Portrait of Michaëlle Jean I included nineteen figures in an expression of pluralism.
As a painter of people, I attempt to capture a poignant gesture whether it be an eighty year old woman serving tea to a fellow octogenarian or a military medical worker treating an injured Afghan civilian. Both are acts of service
Through my representative style, I seeks to showcase beauty, honesty and most importantly, humanity.