Kathy E. Walker — Artist Statement
My personal goals for my art are that they are an expression and illustration of my passions in life. I love the West with the horses, animals, big open skys, mountains and plains. I greatly enjoy watching someone who really relates to and knows how to ride a horse. It’s an art form in motion. I’m intrigued by the Native Americans and the incredible details and colors of their Pow Wow costuming. I am constantly learning, growing and seeing a little bit more with each painting.
My preferred medium is definitely acrylics. I work out of my home studio. I’ve had many people assume my paintings were oils. Acrylics have their limitations and quirks. Sometimes it’s tricky developing work-arounds. But overall I enjoy working with them as my medium.
I have had a passion for horses my entire life - consequently they are my favorite subject to paint. As a child I drew hundreds of horses when I was bed ridden from back surgeries. That is where my passion for art was also birthed. I strive to make the horses come alive and express their character in my work. Having owned and done some training on a young horse, I realize each horse has it’s own distinct personality.
I hope that anyone that owns my work would just have their lives brighten a bit when they view the painting as an expression of my passions.
Kathy E. Walker — Biography
At age 7, my family moved from Ohio to Phoenix, Arizona. I had had early health problems and my parents felt I would do better in the new climate. While bed ridden from surgeries as a child, I filled up tablets full of drawings — mostly horses. In high school I would pack up my Dad's truck and go to various art shows in Phoenix. I sold enough paintings to pay for part of my college education.
I enjoyed my school art classes in Phoenix and went on to Northern Arizona University where I majored in commercial art. After college I moved to Denver, Colorado and began my career in graphic design and web design.
I owned a couple of horses for eight years and had the time of my life. I even worked on the ground training of a young filly. This experience has given my work authenticity and understanding of how horses communicate. The flick of an ear, the roll of an eye, the toss of the head can have a lot of meaning.
Several years ago my passion for my fine art started surfacing again. Over the last few years, I have been in four different small galleries throughout Colorado and a gallery in Carefree, Arizona.
In 2014, I moved back to my roots –- the Phoenix, Arizona area. I'm really enjoying connecting up with the local art community and look to branch out to other areas in Arizona with my work.
I have been teaching acylic art classes at a couple of galleries in the Cave Creek area, art stores, and an art community center in Surprise, Arizona.
I have participated in the Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale for coming on to four years now. I have also been juried in to a national horse art show in Atlanta and some juried art shows in the Phoenix area.
I am very committed to my fine art. I’ve been seriously working on my paintings now for many years. I want to make the horses in my paintings "breathe."
Kathy E. Walker
3 Year Commercial Art Major at Northern Arizona University
• Professional Graphic Designer/Illustrator in Denver, Colorado since 1978 - won local and national awards for my work
• Since 2007 have produced paintings that were shown in galleries throughout
- 2007 Artistica Gallery in Centennial, Colorado
- 2008 Art on Main Gallery in Durango, Colorado
- 2009 Mountain Rains Gallery in Woodland Park, Colorado
- 2011 Cowbelles Gallery in Woodland Park, Colorado
- 2013 Seven Arrows Gallery in Woodland Park, Colorado
2007 - Kathy E. Walker's painting, "Mariposa" was juried into a national equestrian horse art competition, the Atlanta Equestrian Exhibition! Out of 150 entries from across the US, 50 were accepted. It is believed to be the largest equestrian art exhibition Atlanta has ever had.
2011 - Teamed up with Sonachi Navajo weavings for an art show held at Homewood Suites
2012 - Teamed up again with Sonachi Navajo weavings for an art show held at the Sheratan in Lakewood, Colorado
2013 - Accepted into the juried art show, Art in the Park at the Denver Horse Expo
2013 - Accepted into the juried art show in Glendale Arizona
2014 - Painting, “Colors of the Dance” selected for exhibit in State Capitol Building
2016 Juried Show “Fur, Fins and Feathers”
2015, 2016, 2017 - Hidden in the Hills Art Shows
Partial List of Collectors:
Kay King - Denver, CO - 3 Pieces
Teresa Hamilton - Denver, CO - 3 Pieces
Courtney Cowgill - Centennial, CO - 2 Pieces
Bud Baska - Sun City, AZ - 1 Piece
Hanspeter Spuhler - Castle Rock, CO - 1 Piece
Trissa Carter - Cuero, TX - 1 Piece
Gary Werner - AZ - 2 Pieces
Chuck Baltazar - 3 Pieces
Arizona Art Supply - Both Phoenix and Sun City Stores
Easy Street Gallery - Carefree, AZ
WHAM - Surprise, AZ
Private Art Classes Children and Adults - My Home