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.
At age 7, my family moved from Ohio to Phoenix, Arizona. I had early health problems and my parents felt I would do better in a new climate. While bed ridden from surgeries as a child, I filled up tablets full of drawings — mostly horses. In high school I packed up my Dad’s truck and went to various art shows in Phoenix. I sold enough paintings to pay for part of my college
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.
Several years ago my passion for my fine art started surfacing again. Over the last several years, I have been in galleries throughout Colorado. In 2014, I moved from Colorado back to my roots –- the Phoenix, Arizona area. I’m really enjoying connecting up with the local art community. I’m very pleased to display my work in 60WEST Gallery in Wickenburg, AZ.
I have been teaching acrylic art classes at a couple of galleries in the Cave Creek area, art stores, and an art club center in Wickenburg, AZ.
I have participated in the Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour and Sale for four years. I have also been juried into a national horse art show in Atlanta and some juried art shows in the Phoenix area. Recently, I became a registered auction artist.
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 helped to give 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. “I know I am finished with a horse painting when I feel like the horse is breathing.”
Kathy E. Walker