Annabel Bayly was born in Surrey. She graduated from Lancaster University in 1979 with a BA (Hons) in Sociology. During the 1990s she became a student at Chelsea School of Art, completing her degree in Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art. She works from a studio in Rosevine, Portscatho, and has been represented by the New Gallery Portscatho. Her still life paintings have also been shown in London at the Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia.