Elaine has always been an artist.

Her artistic journey began when she was a child in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when she showed an early talent for drawing and painting. In high school, she studied art privately and then took art classes as an undergraduate at the University of Tennessee. She has also studied with Ramon Kelley, Sally Strand and Ben Konis.Elaine is acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition and variety of subject matter. She paints colorful landscapes, vibrant still lifes, and glowing children.

She eventually came full circle, returning to the non-representational work she produced as an art student in the 1960s. Her work ranges in size from small 4" x 6" pastels to 40" x 60" oil diptychs. Elaine's paintings have earned her national honors and are held in corporate and private collections worldwide. She is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a signature member of the Degas Pastel Society, a Distinquished Pastelist in the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Four of Elaine's non-representational pastels have been hand tufted into wool rugs in India. One rug "Saucy" competed in the Magnificent Carpets Competition sponsored by Architectural Digest. She has had two paintings, Beyond Imagination and Night Sales, hanging in the Butler Institute of American Art several years ago and the painting, Pick Up Sticks, traveling in the 2nd Biennial International Pastel Exhibit in China in 2017.



Agnes Scott College- Decatur, GA
University of Tennessee- Knoxville, TN
University of North Alabama- Florence, AL


Solo Gallery Exhibition : The Joy of Making Color Sing at Gallery 126 Tombigbee Street Florence, AL –2021

2 Artists Exhibition/ Creative Possibilities: The Power of Color at Oak Ridge Art Center Oak Ridge, TN- 2019

3 PSA Master Pastelists Exhibition/ Luminosity: The Power of Pastel at Tennessee Valley Art Museum, Tuscumbia, AL: June 2017

Butler Institute of American Art: Twenty Award Winners chosen from the Pastel Society of America's 44th Annual "Enduring Brilliance"- 2016

2nd China Biennial International Pastel Exhibition (Suzhou)- Ming Gallery 2016


JURIED EXHIBITIONS (2015 to Present)

Pastel Society of America-New York, NY

46th Annual "Enduring Brilliance"- September 2018

45th Annual "Enduring Brilliance"- September 2017

44th Annual "Enduring Brilliance"- September 2016/ Advancement of Pastel in Modernism Award

43th Annual "Enduring Brilliance"- September 2015

Pastel Society of the West Coast- Roseville, CA

"Pastel USA"- October 2016

Energen Corporation- Birmingham, AL

Alabama Art Competition- 2015

Pastel Society of North Florida

National Juried Exhibition 2016/ Ampersand Award

The Pastel Journal

Pastel 100 Competition- 2017- Abstract Category


Selected Memberships:

Pastel Society of America- Master Pastelist

Pastel Society of the West Coast- Distinguished Pastelist

Degas Pastel Society- Signature Member

Southeastern Pastel Society- Member of Excellence

Chicago Pastels Painters



The University of North Alabama Art Gallery renamed to be the Elaine Bailey Augustine Art Gallery in 2021. 

Images of non-representational pastels have been tufted by Delos Rugs into wool rugs. One rug, "Saucy," competed in the 2009 America's Magnificent Carpet Awards sponsored by Architectural Digest.

I was honored to be asked to serve as a juror for the PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA'S 42nd Annual "Enduring Brilliance", NYC, 2014.

I was also honored being asked to be part of PSA's Critique Service as the abstract artist being responsible for critiquing pastel artists' non-representational artwork.