Bal was born in Leeds and has lived in Harrogate for the last fifteen years.
She graduated from Hull University with a BA in printmaking, followed by an MA in Fine Art painting from the University of East London. Being in full time employment, painting time is hard to come by, but slowly she is returning to it.
“I paint mostly in acrylic, layering paint in thin washes to build up a gradual texture. Colour is a foremost concern, and my aim is to depict what I’m painting in an expressive manner, using loose brushstrokes, rather than a hyper real representation. At the moment I am concentrating primarily on studio set up still life.”
Bal was awarded the UEL Painting Purchase Prize in 1998 and Second prize in the Mercer 2010 Open Exhibition.
She has exhibited continuously at the Leeds Fine Art Open Exhibition. Bal has also been selected on several occasion for the Harrogate Open at The Mercer Gallery and in 2017 her work was ‘Highly Commended’ by the judges.