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Roberta Bailey

Roberta Bailey is a photographer and scannographer with a distinctive vision celebrating the mysterious beauty of nature. At age three, she announced that she would be an artist when she grew up. Years later, she went on to earn her BFA in Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, which led to a career as an art director and designer working with advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam in New York and San Francisco, and Warner Brothers and Erwin Wasey in Los Angeles. Currently she works with digital art, drawing on her extensive experience in traditional art materials and photography to create enthralling floral images. Prints can be purchased at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.

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The stunning art of Roberta Bailey is a tribute to nature’s awe-inspiring design. Through her detailed floral portraits made by a scanner, she reveals the mysterious allure of flowers. As if we are given a new set of eyes and seeing these blooms and their hidden beauty for the first time_______.

Roberta Bailey

Roberta Bailey is a photographer and scannographer with a distinctive vision celebrating the mysterious beauty of nature. At age three, she announced that she would be an artist when she grew up. Years later, she went on to earn her BFA in Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, which led to a career as an art director and designer working with advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam in New York and San Francisco, and Warner Brothers and Erwin Wasey in Los Angeles. Currently she works with digital art, drawing on her extensive experience in traditional art materials and photography to create enthralling floral images. Prints can be purchased at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.

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‘I AM IN TOTAL AWE OF NATURE; ITS BEAUTY, DESIGN AND COLORS. I FEEL THAT NATURE IS MY CO-CREATOR AND WORKING ON THESE IMAGES MAKES MY HEART SING_______.’

Cast of flowers

Carnation
Lily
Rose

Cast of flowers

Carnation
Lily
Rose

‘MY TECHNIQUES ARE A MIXTURE OF ART AND SERENDIPITY_______.’

Scannography
Roberta Bailey

Text
Angel Trinidad

A sweet carnation like a ballerina’s fluffy tutu. A mesmerizing lily, full of melancholy and mystery. Come closer and take a peek at Roberta’s magnificent floral creations, and get to know flowers like never before. Roberta Bailey’s floral images instantly captivate with their delicate features and intricate details so vividly captured in their full, breathtaking glory. Her remarkable images are made by a scanner or paintbrush, exposing and enhancing the fascinating minute details and vibrant colours of flowers. “When I first see the intricate details of my floral portraits come up on my screen, I feel it is magical. Unexpectedly rich colors and unusual shapes amazingly appear in the digital capturing process. My techniques are a mixture of art, technology and serendipity,” she explains. “I am in total awe of nature; its beauty, design and colors. I feel that nature is my co-creator and working on these images makes my heart sing.”

It all started some years ago, while Roberta was visiting a photography gallery, intrigued by the flower images created with an enlarger in the darkroom. Wanting to create a similar look but not having an enlarger nor a darkroom, she had the idea of using a scanner instead. ``At the time, I knew of no one who was using a scanner to capture fine art digital photos, so I had to develop my own process through trial and error.`` She starts by arranging the flowers in a clear container on top of the scanner. Then she makes preliminary previews and zooms while adjusting the composition with a toothpick or tweezers before scanning. For backgrounds, she tries out a variety of coloured, textured and patterned papers, often using flashlights and flexible neck table lights as backlight, creating unique atmospheres through craft tissue papers, photographic gels or transparent petals. Then after creating several images, she opens them in Photoshop to select her final choices. The results are delightfully surprising – unexpected, rich, unusual colours and textures magically appear. Even when using the same floral subject, Roberta creates different images fast just by experimenting. ”I am never sure of what will appear.... it is frustrating and exhilarating,” she says. ``I am surprised that I love some of the images that I have been creating, as they are not what I thought I liked, or I would have considered them weird. My evolving artistic vision and acceptance is exciting_______.``

Scannography
Roberta Bailey

Text
Angel Trinidad