Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Renee Baley has been drawn to art since she was young. She currently lives and works in Manhattan. Baley’s passion for art and focus on her craft began once her children were grown. Her studies include the Art Students League of New York, The 92nd St. Y, The New School, and the New York School of the Arts. Additionally, she completed intensive studies under the tutelage of artist Diane Green at the Green Studio School. Baley has participated in multiple group shows around New York, namely Synagogue for the Arts, NY, Biz Gallery in Larchmont, NY, Gelabert Gallery, NY, The Yellow Door Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and The Sephardic Center, Brooklyn, NY. A Painted View is her first solo show.
Inspired by her multiple travels abroad in Asia and Italy, her attraction to painting flowers, landscapes, and figures began. Using her own photography for compositions, she creates her own color and light in each painting as she gets lost traveling through the shapes and shadows in the images. Loving the lush and sensuous feel of painting in oil, she often spends months developing layers of color to create depth. Her work is a reflection of an organic energy as she aspires to create a romantic lyricism and ease of movement to create her narrative. Some of her inspiration has come from Georgia O’Keefe, James Abbott Whistler, Gustav Klimt, George Inness, and John Singer Sargent.
Green Studio, long term study with artist Diane Green
92nd St. Y, long term study with artist Carla Auruch
The Art Students League
The New School
REVIEW FROM GALLERY & STUDIO, NOV-DEC, 2004/2005
“Renee Baley employs a subdued, near monochromatic palette of earthy hues in her atmospheric evocations of shadow dappled landscapes. In her paintings, she evokes the hushed poetry of lushly blooming trees and foliage through her subtle, close-valued color combinations, and skillful handling of chiaroscuro.”
REVIEW FROM GALLERY & STUDIO, FEB/MAR, 2006
“Boughs and blossoms are paramount in the paintings of Renee Baley. One looks at work such as Baley’s ” Rambling”, and is moved by the contrasts she captures between the sharp forms of the slender, graceful tree limbs and the masses of pink and yellow buds, as softly amorphous as clouds or cotton candy. Yet an even more significant contrast occurs in the lower part of the composition, where Baley’s mastery of chiaroscuro presents a counterpoint to the lightness and lyricism above. Saturated with shadows, the darkness of the ground anchors the composition, lending it gravity and depth.”