Born and raised in upstate New York, Bayla has been incessantly painting and drawing the people and environments around her since the day she could first hold a crayon. Her work is primarily in watercolor and gouache and depicts botanical and zoological subjects with a focus on environmental issues, ecosystems, and evolution. Bayla has had her work displayed with 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 enjoys working on both scientific illustration subjects as well as some portraiture. Inspired by naturalists and artists such as Audubon, Haeckel, Balugani and the Wyeths, Bayla is interested in exploring the clash between science and superstition, and in environmental issues such as obligate species and ecosystem preservation. Using tiny brushes and many layers of paint to create whimsical and intricate illustrations of botanical and zoological subjects, Bayla revels in both sending a meaningful message, and capturing the meticulous detail and intricacies of the natural world.