Photo by Greg Shea
Born and raised in the Catskill mountains of NY, Bayla has found inspiration in backyard animals and the critters under rocks from a very early age. Her 2D work is primarily watercolor and gouache, and 3D pieces are made of wool, wire, glass, clay, and resin. With a focus in botanical and zoological subjects, Bayla explores environmental issues, ecosystems, and natural history in her practice. Bayla has displayed with organizations such as the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Missoula Art Museum, and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. Her work has been featured in scientific journals, album covers for artists such as Amanda Palmer, museum displays, and even permanently on an oil tank along Interstate 95. Bayla currently lives in Connecticut with an army of house plants, a scientist, a snake, and her two children.
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 and literature in scientific fields, Bayla challenges viewers to consider human relationships with nature and our impact on the natural world.