Current Work
StoryTellers Nuit Blanche (2013)
Official Portrait of Michaëlle Jean
27th Governor General of Canada (2012)
tea/leaves (2010)
Afghanistan (2007-09)
(Canadian Forces Artist Program)
Blanche Dot Doris (2008)
Doris (2008-10)
Marjorie (2006-07)
Cut (2005-07)

Assortment (2009-2015)

guest artist
Barbara Bailey

Triage book

Exhibitions & news





Guide Dogs Dancing, Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 101 cm, 2015
below:at the Theatre acrylic on canvas, 101 x 76 cm, 2015
from Raising Stanley

Guide dog puppies attend various forms of entertainment in preparation for their future life. The theatre is no exception. We brought Stanley to a performance of David Hare’s “Stuff Happens” at the National Arts Centre. The woman sitting in front of us (in the centre of my canvas) received a lick on her ear during the performance. She handled Stanley’s gesture of affection with grace and only a modicum of surprise, after all, stuff happens.

Self Portraits
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Courtroom Drawing

Past Series
Are You Being Served? small 2005
Are You Being Served? 2004-05
New Directions
Landscapes & Animals

Still Life Gouache

Book Illustration


people in my life
Familiar Faces (1999-2001)
Memories Cafe (1997-98)
Elmwood School (2004-2005)
Sketches (1995-2004)


A series-in-progress, Raising Stanley depicts the socialization process in raising a guide dog puppy.

Each of Karen Bailey’s paintings has an audio component: blind storyteller Kim Kilpatrick talks about her personal experience as a handler of a working guide dog. Each story recounts a specific encounter between herself and her dog that corresponds to a similar situation that occurred during Stanley’s training, depicted in the painting. Together, the painter and the storyteller show how early training prepares for specific future tasks.