Arts Council of Carteret County News

ACCC Artist Featured at PKS Library

Monday, May 07, 2018

The Shoreline, Pine Knoll Shores, May 2018

For the month of May, the art gallery will feature paintings by professional portrait painter Irene Bailey of Emerald Isle. From Yorktown, Virginia, Ms. Bailey started her formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Her earlier training was under Jack Clift on of Hampton, Virginia, also a graduate of PAFA, and while living in New York and New Jersey she was able to study with Everett Raymond Kinstler, Nelson Shanks at Incamminati, and Daniel Green.

Ms. Bailey received her Masters of Fine Arts degree, specializing in painting, from ECU. Her thesis show at ECU propelled her career as a fine art portrait painter. She has been commissioned to paint her 20th portrait to hang on the campus of ECU, to include two 12-foot by 8-foot murals in Minges Coliseum. The Minges Pepsi Bottling Group commissioned her to paint portraits of all their CEOs. Many of her portraits hang in courtrooms across the state, and many businesses and prominent families across the country cherish their heirloom portraits by Ms. Bailey.

An award-winning member of the Portrait Society of America, Portrait Society of Atlanta and Oil Painters of America, she was also an award winning member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City, Allied Artists of America, and American Artist League. Her most recent award was second place in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American Heritage competition. She received her award at the 125th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., in June 2016.

After traveling with her husband, Major Don Wells, during his career in the Marine Corps, Ms. Bailey chose Emerald Isle to build her studio/home/gallery. Over the years, she has supported numerous charities with donations of her artwork and continues to do so.

From left: Blue Bandana, The World is my Oyster.