Artist Interview: Monique Bailey

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Monique Bailey, and although I have artistic talent, this is the first time I’m considering myself an “artist,” because this is the first time I am committed to learning, developing, and sharing my art—as opposed to painting once in a while.

Although I attended the Corcoran School of Art from age 20 to 22—2000 years ago–I learned one thing: “draw big.” I only learned one thing because the art teachers during those years were hardly in the classroom teaching anything. We students were given an assignment then quickly left alone, free do whatever we wanted. I think the instructors were out of the classroom most of the time pursing their respective careers; and I was too young to complain.

I am mostly inspired to paint portraits when I see an interesting face. But lately I’ve been branching out and creating still life, landscapes, and experimenting with abstracts. I draw and paint in a bedroom that I converted to home art studio in Prince Georges County.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I enjoy painting with several mediums. I like the richness of oil; the flow of watercolor and pen and ink; and there’s something exciting about brilliant acrylic colors.

What is your creative process like?
My creative process goes something like this: Usually before I start a pencil sketch of a painting, I stare at the paper and/or canvas for several days in a row and wonder if I can even draw or paint. Then I force myself to make a mark on the paper just to get started. After that, almost every day I draw a little more until I go into a zone where it seems that the talented me on the inside of the doubtful me takes over and finishes the artwork until we are both pleased with the result.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Challenges come because I am an artist without foundational techniques, including painting and intermediate and advance drawing. I’m pretty good and drawing what I see, but the biggest challenge I face is that I need to learn and practice those foundational techniques such as drawing anatomy and perspective that will develop my talent.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.
One of the works of art I am currently exhibiting at Artomatic, I call Enchanting. When I painted her, I used the one thing I learned in art school: I “drew big.” I enjoyed highlighting the beautiful features of this Enchanting Black Woman in this 3.5 x 2.5 feet oil painting.

"Enchanting" by Monique Bailey

“Enchanting” by Monique Bailey

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far is seeing all of the creative and diverse works of art. I find this very encouraging and inspirational. Other artists make me want to branch out, try different mediums, and create more art.

What is your website (or other method of contact):
Some of my other paintings can be viewed at:!gallery/c1r52
Contact me via “contact” on my website at:

You can see more of Monique’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the second floor, space 3-009.