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 and appreciate the easy clean up with no need for smelly chemicals to clean my brushes. 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. Knowing how to saddle and bridle the horse; how hoofs should be trimmed; how to hold the reins in different situations; reading their body language; and how a good rider sits a horse has given my work authenticity.
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.
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 still have my small business, Counterpoint Design. One of the up sides has been that I can do my own website and marketing materials.
Although I still do the graphics, I am very committed to my fine art. I’ve been seriously working on my paintings now for several years. I’m pleased with my productiveness and progress. I look forward in the future years to transition full time into my fine art. I am currently in a small gallery and western decor store. I hope to transition into some bigger galleries in the future and to exhibit in some invitational Western art shows. One of my pieces, "Mariposa", was accepted into a national juried equestrian art show in Atlanta, GA a couple of years ago.
Kathy E. Walker
Phone: 303.932.2400 (Counterpoint Design)