A Michigan native, wildlife artist and author Nancy J. Bailey flavors all her work with her signature brand of self-effacing humor. Her list to date includes:
Clifford of Drummond Island,
Return to Manitou, and
Clifford’s Bay, a trilogy featuring true horse stories.
The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters, co-authored by her sister Amanda Bailey, and winner of the 2015 Honorary Medallion from the Book Reader's Appreciation Group.
Eagle Flier, a nonfiction story co-authored with American Eagle Foundation's CEO Al Cecere and Tennessee Wildlife Endangered Species specialist, the late Bob Hatcher.
Other books by Nancy include:
My Best Cat, a murder mystery
Holding the Ladder, a novel
The Sleeping Lion, a novel
The Cure for Shyness: A Love Story
An avid animal trainer, Nancy has published four instructional books to share her methods:
25 Ways to Raise a Great Puppy,
15 Rules for Clicker Training Your Horse,
15 Rules for Clicker Training Your Cat,
15 Rules for Clicker Training Your Dog.
One of Nancy’s stories about Amanda appeared in Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul, II.
A community theatre buff, Nancy has written, directed, produced and acted in several of her own plays, including On Lining Up, a comedy which earned a CTAM Award.
Nancy is a prolific artist, specializing in paintings of animals. She is winner of the Ex Arte Equinuus Award for Equine Art. She uses watercolor, acrylics, oils, pencil, pen and ink, and enjoys painting on slate. She paints commissioned pet portraits, capturing the spirit of the individual animal in each. Nancy admits that unfortunately, most of her portraits are post-mortem, and she describes herself as, "The Angel of Death."
"It's like being a playground bully. When someone starts to cry, I know I've done a good job."
Nancy currently lives in Michigan with several dogs and Morgan horses, and one silly cat. She trains animals for film and commercials.
Nancy tours with Clifford, a trick trained Morgan horse who visits libraries and schools to promote literacy and empathy, provides therapy for people with disabilities, and signs his own biography, Clifford of Drummond Island.
As if she doesn’t already have enough tabs open, Nancy is currently working on a film about Clifford.