Earl Bailley was born in 1903 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He was stricken by polio at the age of three. He taught himself to draw by holding a pencil in his teeth. A few years later he began working in pen and ink, and watercolours. He studied under George P. Ennis at Eastport, Maine, U.S.A. in 1931, with Stanley Royle in Halifax and Helen Berry at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art in 1954 and became a painter of landscapes and harbor scenes. His style is impressionistic and his media, oils and block prints which he cuts with a chisel. He has held one man shows at Nova Scotia College of Art; Montreal Art Association, Montreal; Rochester, N.Y.; Art Alliance, Philadelphia, and the Canadian National Exhibition. The Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts accepted two of his pictures; and his canvas “Men Against The Sea” was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 1955. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Society of Arts and the worldwide organization of Association of Foot and Mouth Artists. He received an honorary degree from StFX University.