Helen Bailey “I have always been passionate about two things in my life – one is drawing and the other is horses.” I won a scholarship in my senior year of high school to attend Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. That gave me a good foundation in the field of art but not in the realism I wanted to depict. Marriage and family consumed most of my time when my children were young but I dabbled in art once in a while. In 2004 I was finally able to buy my first horse, a Quarter Horse mare named Nifty who has been the subject of my drawings as well as my faithful trail riding companion. When I found a talented teacher of colored pencil, it opened a whole new world of art to me. I studied with Linda Lucas Hardy for 5-1/2 years. Finding the surface that I love, suede matboard, also made a difference. These tools are what I work with now and my main focus has been horses. I have entered competitions both internationally and across the United States for the last eight years and have won prizes in McKinney, Irving, Grand Prairie, the State Fair of Texas, Keller, and Richardson, TX art shows. The mARTin Place in McKinney, TX is the gallery that shows my originals and prints. I am a Signature Member of CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America), AAEA (American Academy of Equine Artists), and IEA (International Equine Artists). I am also an Associate Member of WAOW (Women Artists of the West) and AWA (American Women Artists).