Biography:

 

 

“I didn’t come from a family of artists, I wasn’t top of my class or win a lot of awards but I’ve always had a strong work ethic and the passion to work on my craft.”  Steven grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step towards his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He would later earn his masters in fine arts from Marywood University, where he also met his wife/ fellow artist Evelyn.  

Instant success was not in the cards as Steven continued showing at a string of coffee shops, libraries and other businesses. Eventually his hard work paid off with a few local awards that soon caught the attention of two gallery owners. Since his venture into gallery life, his landscapes have been well received by collectors as his paintings are part of several private collections such as Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service and the United States Air Force.

Since going full time as an artist in 2008, Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  He has participated in several artist in residency programs in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Colorado (Sept. 2015). In 2014 he was selected to create the Ohio Governor’s Art Awards by the Ohio Arts Council and in 2015 he received honorable mention in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition.

Steven, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn, continues to work hard in the advancement of his career. Currently, his work is represented by the B. Deemer Gallery in Louisville, KY, The Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, OH, the Vision Gallery in Atlantic Beach, NC, Langerquist Gallery in Atlanta, GA, the Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, VA, the Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa, OK and Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, D.C.

“I should have quit years ago but that would have proven so many people right.” – SW

 

 

Résumé:

EDUCATION

M.F.A. Marywood University 
B.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University


APPOINTMENTS

Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Otterbein University
McConnell Arts Center

RESIDENCIES

Herbert Hoover Historical Park – West Branch, IA
Glen Arbor Art Association – Glen Arbor, MI
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Chesterton, IN
Artist in Wilderness - Aspen, CO


WORKSHOPS

Mill at Carter Hall - Millwood, VA
Loudoun Art Academy - Leesburg, VA
Botkins School - Botkins, OH
Troy /Dayton Art Group - Dayton, OH
Masterpiece Christian Art Conference - Ashland, OR
Jarrett Thor Gallery - Colonial Beach, VA
Piqua Arts Council - Piqua, OH
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) - Fredericksburg, VA


REPRESENTATION

Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA
Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH
B. Deemer Gallery - Louisville, KY
Vision Gallery – Atlantic Beach, NC
Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK


AWARDS

2015 Art Renewal Center Finalist
2014 Best of Show - Gateway Arts Council - Sidney, OH
2014 Third Place (Acrylics and Oil category) - Gateway Arts Council - Sidney, OH
2014 Third Place - Worthington Area Art League - Worthington, OH
2014 Best of Show - Richeson 75 Small Works Show
2013 First Place - Piqua Arts Council
2012 Best of Show – Worthington Area Art League
2012 Mayor’s Award – Worthington Area Art League
2012 First Place (painting) – Piqua Arts Council
2012 Second Place - Potomac River Regional Art Show
2011 Crystal Kite award
2011 Park of Roses Plein Air Competition
2010 Ohio Plein Air Competition
2007 Phillip B. Meggs Design Award

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Hilton Hotels
Dominion Resources
National Parks Service - Herbert Hoover Historical Site
Glen Arbor Artist Association
National Parks Service - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
United States Air Force - National Museum of the United States Air Force - Wright AFB
St. Gertrude High School
Dominion Resources
Morton G. Thalhimer Inc.
United States Air Force - Bolling Air Force Base
Chairs to Cherish
American Heart Association   Two Paintings for the American Heart Association’s  “Go Red”
Fund raising event to help stop Heart Disease among women
Right at Home of Essex County
Boy Scouts of America
First Baptist Church of Southside

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY

2015    
Group Show - Lollipop Guild Show - Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK
Group Show - Cityscapes - River Gallery - Rocky River, OH
Group Show - Exploring the Landscape - Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, OK
“Small works Show” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA
Solo Show - “I’m Better on Paper” - Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH
Two Person Show - “Of Light and Shadows” - Jarrett Thor Gallery - Colonial Beach, VA
Solo Show - TBD - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VAGroup Show - Tecumseh Land Trust - Yellow Springs, OH
Group Show - McConnell Arts Faculty Show  - Worthington, OH
Group Show - Art at the Mill - Millwood, VA
Group Show - Faculty Show - McConnell Arts Center of Worthington - Worthington, OH

2014
Juried Show - “Urban Aspect” -  Principle Gallery - Alexandria, VA
Solo Show - “Simply Louisville”  - B. Deemer Gallery - Louisville, KY
Solo Show - “It’s a New Day” - Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH
Governor’s Awards for the Arts - Columbus, OH
Richeson 75 Small Works Show - Richeson Gallery - Kimberly, WI
Two Man Show - “Fair Fields” - Georgian Museum - Lancaster, OH
Art Renewal Center - Online Showcase
Hilton Hotel Invitational - Columbus, OH
“Art at the Mill” - Burwell-Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA
Local Color - Worthington Area Art League - Worthington, OH    
Spring Fling - Gateway Arts Council - Sidney, OH

2013    
Art Renewal Center - Online Showcase
Solo Show – “Time of Day” - B. Deemer Gallery – Louisville, KY
Solo Show - “Living Proof” – Sharon Weiss Gallery – Columbus, OH
Solo Show - “Light at Heart” - Jarrett Thor Gallery - Colonial Beach, NC
Solo Show - “Surf & Turf” - Vision Gallery - Atlantic Beach, NC
Solo Show - Center Gallery - Glen Arbor, MI
Solo Show - “The First 35” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA 

2012    
2012 International Salon – Greenhouse Gallery – San Antonio, TX
Richeson 75 Landscape competition – Richeson Gallery – Kimberly, WI
Worthington Area Art League “WAAL at the MAC” - McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH - January
Solo Show - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - March 
Solo Show - Inniswoods Metro Park - Westerville, OH - December    
Solo Show- New Works by Steven Walker – Gateway Arts Council – Sidney, OH
Solo Show- “Partly Cloudy” – Findlay University – Findlay, OH
Instructors Show – Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation – Leesburg, VA
Landscape Show – Nan Miller Gallery – Rochester, NY
PNC Arts Alive Worthington Sayama Arts Exchange – McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH

2011
Solo Show “Days to Remember - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA
Solo Show “Just Down the Road - B. Deemer Gallery - Louisville, KY
Central Ohio Plein Air at the High Banks Metro Parks Nature Center - Lewis Center, OH 
Rhodes Tower Exhibition - Columbus, OH
Central Ohio Plein Air at Inniswoods Metro Park -  Westerville, OH 
Central Ohio Plein Air at the Statehouse - Ohio Statehouse - Columbus, OH
Solo Show - Worthington Recreational Center- Worthington, OH
Air Force Art Program - Belize
“Process” - McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH
“Art at the Mill” - Burwell-Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA
“Small Works Show” - Glave Kocen Gallery-Richmond, VA
    

2010    
“The American Landscape” - Maryland Federation of the Arts - Annapolis, MD
“Ohio Plein Air Exhibition” - The Arts Castle - Delaware, OH
“Richeson 75-Landscapes Show” - Richeson School of Art Gallery - Kimberly, WI
“I’ve Been There” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA
“Under a Virginia Sky: Works by Steven Walker” - Reynolds Homestead - Critz, VA
“town and Country” - The Arts Company - Nashville, TN
“New Works” - Art Access Gallery - Bexley, OH
“Through my Window” - McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH
Air Force Art Program - Elmendorf AFB - Anchorage, AK
“Under a Virginia Sky: Works by Steven Walker” - Charles Harris Library Gallery - Wise, VA

2009    
“Under a Virginia Sky: Works by Steven Walker” - St. Gertrude’s School
“Between Homes” -Glave Kocen Gallery -Richmond, VA
“Small Works Show” - Glave Kocen Gallery-Richmond, VA
“New Works” - The Arts Company - Nashville, TN
“The Black West: Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Untold Stories” - Booth Museum of Western Art – Cartersville, GA
“New Works” - Art Access Gallery - Bexley, OH
“Richeson 75-Landscapes, Small Works Show” - Richeson School of Art Gallery - Kimberly, WI
“Aldie Mill Art Show” - Historic Aldie Mill - Aldie, Virginia
“Art at the Mill” - Clarke County Historical Association - Berryville, VA
“Oh Cow” - Crossing Art - Flushing, NY
“Fine Line” - Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA
“Think Small 5” - Art 6 Gallery - Richmond, VA 
Air Force Art Program - Manas Air Field, Kyrgyzstan

2008    
“Under a Virginia Sky: Works by Steven Walker” - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
“Service before Self” - Air Force Art Program, Bolling Air Force Base
“Service before Self” - Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA
“Turning the Page” - Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, Bethesda, MD
“Terra Firma - Survey of Approaches to Landscapes” - Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
“Buffalo Soldier, Images of the West” - Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA
“Landscapes by Steven Walker” Morgan’s Treasure, Westerville, OH
“Richeson 75 Landscapes show” Richeson Art School - Kimberly, WI
“Variations in the Landscape” Art Access Gallery, Bexley, OH
“Nature’s Own” - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA
“Aldie Mill Art Show” Aldie, Virginia
“Small Works Show” Glave Kocen Gallery
Richmond Illustrators Club Members Show - Richmond Public Library
Illustrators Club of D.C., MD and VA Juried Competition The Edison Place Gallery Washington, D.C.
“Art at the Mill” - Clarke County Historical Association - Berryville, VA

2007      
“Road Trips - The Landscapes of Steven Walker” Richmond Public Library 
“North Carolina Society of Illustrators” - Center for Creative Leadership-Greensboro, NC
“African American Arts Exhibition” - Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center - Richmond, VA
Group Exhibition - Richmond Illustrators Club - Richmond Public Library 
“On the Road”- Medical College of Virginia
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 45 West Annual Show -Billy Shire Fine Art Gallery     
Richmond Illustrators Club Annual Juried Show - Plant Zero 
“North Carolina Society of Illustrators” - Center for Creative Leadership-Greensboro, NC
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Human Form Show Fredericksburg Center for the Creative         Arts Fredericksburg, VA

“Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts Regional Exhibition” Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts     Fredericksburg, VA
“Art at the Mill” - Clarke County Historical Association - Berryville, VA

2006    
Illustrators Club of D.C., MD and VA Members Show - The Art Institute of Washington
Illustrators Club of D.C., MD and VA Juried Competition, The Edison Place Gallery - Washington, D.C.
Pine Camp Community Arts Center Competition – Richmond, VA
Group Exhibition with artist Forrest Young - Richmond Public Library

2005
The Society of Illustrators of North Carolina  “The Art and Baseball” The Marshall Gallery - Greensboro, NC
Illustrators Club of D.C., Maryland and Virginia Members Show - The Art Institute of Washington

2004
Illustrators Club of D.C., Maryland and Virginia Members Show - The Art Institute of Washington

2003    
“Steven Walker’s Virginia Landscapes” - Richmond Public Library
“The Landscapes of Steven Walker” - Barnes & Noble – Richmond, VA

2002     
“Steven Walker’s Virginia Landscapes” - Richmond City Public Library
Group Exhibition   “Richmond Represents” - Richmond Public Library
AIGA Give.2. Collaboration - James Center Atrium - Richmond, VA

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2015

“Start painting what you love.” An interview with artist Steven Walker

ARTIST INTERVIEW:
5 QUESTIONS FOR STEVEN WALKER

by Carrie Lacey Boerio

Steven Walker is a professional artist whose luminous oil paintings are featured in galleries and collections across the U.S. and at www.stevenwalkerstudios.com. His show “I’m Better on Paper” recently featured his work at the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.

    1    I think your landscapes make the ordinary extraordinary. How do you choose your subject matter, and how do you shoot your photo references?  My choices are often not based on the location but the design of the landscape. Light plays a major part in the design of each composition. I’m usually trying to push for a glow or some sort of dramatic effect, which is why the design of light plays such a big part. The light that I’m looking for isn’t reserved just for sunlight, but includes streetlights, atmospheric perspective and even reflections.

    2    What do you feel has been crucial to your growth as an artist?  Knowing that I’m going to be a lifelong student and being willing and eager to grow and evolve. I don’t want to be an artist who doesn’t grow after they’ve had success. Growth involves getting out of your comfort zone and I try to do that often.

    3    You have taught many, many oil painting students (myself included). What are the most common mistakes you have to help them overcome?  I don’t know if it’s a common “mistake” but getting students to take risks and make mistakes is something that most art students have in common. It’s real easy to play it safe, but playing it safe makes it hard to make new discoveries in your work. It’s one thing to make mistakes but learning from them is even more important. Most of my students are so worried about not making a good painting that it paralyzes them from doing anything.

    4    If you could borrow a magic DeLorean or hot tub (time machine), what career advice would you give your 22 year-old self? I’d start by shaking myself followed by a soap opera-like slap to my face. “Start painting what you love and don’t worry about painting to make money or please others. Paint like the bills and loans don’t matter. Paint without fear but with passion for crying out loud, you only live once.”

    5    Going back even further, when did you first know you wanted to be an artist?  I think that I’ve known since I was in nursery school after getting one of my drawings published in the nursery school newsletter. It didn’t become a strong reality until middle school. It was all I did and wanted to do. I finished my homework and chores just so I could get back to drawing. I didn’t know what kind of artist I wanted to be, but I knew that I wanted to spend my life making art.

I was fortunate to be one of Steven’s oil painting students at the McConnell Arts Center and is offering a participant in his workshop“The Business of Art.” He lives in Westerville, Ohio with his wife Evelyn, who is also an artist.