Bailey Escapule  – Fine Art

Bailey Escapule

Bailey Escapule

Artist Statement:

If Bailey Escapule has a gift for capturing the soul of western life, it’s because it is in his blood. Six generations of Escapules have made their home in the rugged country of southeastern Arizona. The family has been involved in both mining and ranching in the Tombstone area since the 1870s.

Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the University of Arizona in 1979. Always active in art, it was in 1992 that he made the career change to become a full time artist. He has taken classes from oil and watercolor artists and also workshops from several sculptors including Bruno Luchessi and Sandy Scott.

Although he says his art doesn’t have any message, it only takes one look to see that it does. It speaks of the wild places of the West through unique Escapule pioneering tradition. His subjects are the wildlife and people of the West – kit foxes beneath a palo verde tree, a lizard carved from the same stone on which it is perched, a slouching coyote or glimpses of mining and ranching life.

What he enjoys most is figure painting, which includes venders encountered in outdoor markets and other interesting people involved in their day to day activities.

Now that he has moved to the Salida area of Colorado, Bailey is excited about the new challenges of portraying Colorado’s landscapes and wildlife and continuing his figurative work as well.


“I paint on oil primed linen that has been glued to masonite or plywood using a limited palette of 5 colors plus white. I usually begin each piece by making a monotone sketch (usually in a warm color) to establish an accurate drawing and value study. I then proceed to add color following the design of the sketch. All through this process I am continually refining edges, shapes, colors and textures to create a true work of art.”
“I often paint from life as an exercise in seeing a subject s true color and value, but my best work comes from my own photographic references. I like the candidness of capturing a moment that is unposed and natural, unlike work done from models.”