Monday, May 6, 2013

Meet Artist Marti Walker, Ironstone Spring Obsession Accepted Artist

O-041  "Delta River Bend"  by Marti Walker  pastel  16x20  $800

After living and studying abroad prior to her high school years, Marti Walker spent many years on the East Coast of the United States (Virginia & Boston). She attended University of Colorado where she majored in Languages & Anthropology. She flew for TWA and Pan Am Airlines for seven years after college. In 1978, she settled in Sacramento, California.
Initially, her pursuit of art was an antidote to the rigors of corporate life. Her passion for painting landscapes grew as she devoted her recreational time to exploring and painting the surrounding wetlands, rivers, and mountains, and traveling throughout the world. Studying with carefully selected artists over the years, she has learned her craft from such notables as Gregory Kondos, Lady Jill Mueller, Ning Hou, Susan Sarback, Gary Pruner, Zoltan Svabo and Calvin Liang, among others.
"My art combines my passions for painting and travel. I paint to record the sensation of a moment in time, to create in the viewer a palpable feeling of being transported into the scene. Using vivid colors and contrast to push beyond the image, I attempt to evoke the vibrancy and immediacy that comes from being in that place and time.  Each scene is carefully chosen to evoke a silent rhythm designed to transport one to a place of quiet meditation, to capture the serenity that being in nature gives me. I want the viewer to have the reverential sense of being along in the scene and at peace with themselves."  

O-043  "Yellow Boat"  by Marti Walker  pastel  9x12  $325

"Marti Walker is a listener. Her close observation of nature advances her capacity of doing paintings of great interest." - Gregory Kondos

Selected Exhibitions
2012 Ironstone Vineyards Spring Obsession Award of Merit
2011 East Sacramento Clunie Celebrations - East Sacramento, CA COUNCILMAN'S AWARD
2011 International Paint Out - John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA - 3RD. PLACE AWARD
2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006,2005 - California Landscape Exhibition - John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA - 1 of 10 Demonstration Artists
2011 Winters Plein Air Festival - Briggs & Co. Winters, CA - 2ND PLACE AWARD
2010,2009,2008 S12 Gallery, Sacramento, CA. On going shows from January - December
2010 Winters Plein Air Festival - Briggs & Co. Winters, CA
2009 Winters Plein Air Festival - Briggs & Co. Winters, CA 3RD PLACE QUICK DRAW AWARD
2008 Paint the Town - Briggs & Co. Winters CA. 1ST PLACE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
2007 California Wanderings - John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis CA. - SOLO SHOW
2007 Cigar Box Show - John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA - Group Show
1995 League of Carmichael Artists Open Show - MERIT AWARD - Carmichael, CA.

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