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My Story

My husband and I relocated to Wheaton, Illinois in 1982 from Cleveland, Ohio where I was a graduate of Lakewood High School. When my three children left for college, I pursued art with a vengeance. As a store manager at Blick Art Materials in Wheaton, IL I began to acquire a wealth of knowledge using different mediums.


During the interim, I started taking art classes as time would allow and joined the Colored Pencil Society of America and DuPage Art League in Chicago. This is where I started to network for my artwork.

Small boutiques in Illinois and Ohio started selling my floral originals done in watercolor and colored pencil. Also, I have exhibited at the Ft. Wayne, Indiana Art Museum annual art show and have earned numerous awards in various art exhibits for mixed media work. My art illustrations are shown in the RSVP Book of Illustrations. During that time, I also illustrated for a children’s book. After my husband retired, we moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 2016.

With four beautiful grandchildren, I embarked on a new venture called DeeniesARK. It is a wonderful series of whimsical animals illustrated in colored pencil, pen and ink.

I am excited to share my passion with you!

Nadine Kaptur Bailey

Artist Nadine Kaptur Bailey
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