Tanya Baily studied at Oxford University and Chelsea School of Art, and began her career in London painting murals large and small, for both commercial and private spaces. Clients include St. Catherine Docks Developments, The Brittannia Hotels Group, Nick Williams Interiors, Sarah Molins Design, as well as numerous private clients. Commissioned paintings were mainly small watercolours of architectural subjects for private clients as well as businesses such as The Hyde Park Hotel in London, and Savills Estate Agents in Mayfair.

Since moving to Sydney in 1998, Tanya moved away from design and now paints almost exclusively in Watercolour and across a range of subject matter. 

She completed a Masters of Painting at COFA in 2011, and won the Rex Irwin Prize for painting in the graduation exhibition. She has been a finalist in a number of National Art Prizes, including the Mosman Prize, The John Leslie Prize, the Elaine Birmingham Prize, the Blacktown City Prize, the Lethbridge Small Works Prize. She has exhibited with the Australian Watercolour Society’s Annual Exhibitions.  She also shows in private galleries in Sydney, in group and solo shows. For some years, she sold watercolour paintings at ‘Ruby Slipper’,  in Glenmore Road, Paddington, which has recently closed its retail business.

Tanya is a devoted art educator, and runs regular classes and workshops in Watercolour painting and Portraiture at a number of Art Schools and institutions in and around Sydney, includingWaverley Woolahra Art School, Artest, Bellevue gallery Studios, Sydney Art Space, Ifulikeart, The Coast Centre for Seniors, Moran Aged Care, and Ashley House Aged Care.

Tanya’s Studio is at Bellevue Gallery in Double Bay. This is an artist run studios and gallery space and hosts exhibitions for invited artists as well as being an exhibition venue for the resident artists.

Tanya takes commissions for watercolour Portraits of children and Architectural subjects, and her studio practice continues as an exploration of Watercolour Painting,: its unique and magical qualities, itshistory, and its place in the story of painting.