After studying at Manchester Polytechnic where she gained a BA in 1975 and MA in 1976, Caroline Bailey taught part-time until the 1980's when she started to paint on a full-time basis. She has had major solo exhibitions in London, Chester, Dublin, Manchester. Selected group exhibitions include the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours to which she was elected member in 1998. Recent awards include the N.S. Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1999, the Glasgow Arts Club Fellowship at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours 1999, and the Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours 2001. She says of her work, Colour is still the most obvious and fundamental element of my work. I continue to be fascinated by the land, building up and obliterating different layers of colour echoing the layering and breaking down of geological and agricultural history. Still life paintings are preoccupied with the relationship of one area of colour and texture to another and the line, or lack of it, which forms the boundary between them.