Born and raised in the Catskill mountains of NY, Bayla has found inspiration in backyard animals and the critters found under rocks from a very early age. Her work is primarily in watercolors and gouache and depicts botanical and zoological subjects with a focus on environmental issues, ecosystems, and natural history. Bayla has displayed work with organizations such as the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Missoula Art Museum, Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy NY, and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. Her work has been featured on album covers for artists such as Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, in museum displays, and even permanently on an oil tank along Interstate 95. Bayla currently lives and works in New Haven Connecticut with a scientist, parrot, chameleon, a variety of poison dart frogs, and a snake.
Watercolorist Bayla Arietta explores environmental issues, at risk species, and ecosystem preservation in her work, as well as the clash between science and superstition. Often working closely with professionals in the field and contemporary publications, Bayla challenges viewers to consider human relationships with nature and our impact on the natural world.