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.”

Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and raised in Richmond, Virginia 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 Airstream Inc., Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, the Columbus Convention Center 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 Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show (Award of Excellence), Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon (Award of Excellence), Oil Painters of America National (Honorable Mention) 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. 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 continues to work hard on the advancement of his career, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn and studio assistant/daughter Poppy. Currently, his work is represented in Kentucky, Washington State, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma and 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
Midlothian Art Academy - Midlothian, VA
Two Rivers Workshops - Killarney, Ireland
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
Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK
Susan Calloway Fine Arts - Washington D.C.
Langerquist Gallery - Atlanta, GA
Howard Mandville Gallery - Kirkland, WA

AWARDS

2019 Honorable Mention - Oil Painters of America National- St. George, UT
2019 Second Place - Spring into Art - Valdosta, GA
2019 Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional - Annapolis, MD
2018 Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America Salon Show - Petosky, MI
2018 Third Place - Spring into Art - Valdosta, GA
2017 Second Place - Airstream Invitational - Jackson Center, OH
2016 First Place and Artists Choice - Art at the Arnold - Columbus, OH
2016 Jean Stern Award - 6x6 at Randy HIgbee Gallery - Costa Mesa, CA
2015 Honorable Mention - Artistic Excellence Competition - Southwest Art Magazin
2015 Art Renewal Center Finalist
2014 Best Landscape Feb./March - Plein Air Magazine
2014 Best Nocturnal Feb./March - Plein Air Magazine
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 - Wothington, OH
2014 Best of Show - Richeson 75 Small Works Shows
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
Columbus Convention Center
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
Right at Home of Essex County
Boy Scouts of America
First Baptist Church of Southside

 

Exhibition History

2019

Group Show - “Size Doesn’t Matter” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA

Group Show - Oil Painters of America National - Illume Gallery - St. George, UT

Group Show - Howard Mandeville Anniversary show - Woodinville, WA

Group Show - “Art a Group Show - t the Mill” - Burwell Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA

Group Show - “Spring into Art” - Turner Center for the Arts - Valdosta, GA

 

2018

“The Power of Light - Art on 16 - Marion, VA

“New works by Steven S. Walker” - B. Deemer Gallery - Louisville, KY

“The Odd Couple” - S. Dot Gallery - Columbus, OH

Juried Show - Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional - McBride Gallery - Annapolis, MD

Group Show - “Two Story” - Plough Gallery - Tifton, GA

Group Show - Pines and Palms members show - Talahassee, FL

Juried Show - Oil Painters of America Salon Show - Crooked Tree Art Center - Petosky, MI

Juried Show - Richeson 75 Landscape show - Kimberly, WI

Group Show - “Art for Life” - Columbus, OH

Juried Show - “Spring into Art” - Turner Center for the Arts - Valdosta, GA

Group Show - “Small works Show” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA

Group Show - “Self” - Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH

Group Show - “The draw project” - Turner Center for the Arts - Valdosta, GA

Group Show - “Art at the Mill” - Burwell Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA

Group Show - Airstream Invitational - Jackson Center, OH 

Group Show - Thomas University - Thomasville, GA

Group Show - Plough Gallery - Tifton, GA

 

2017

“Fresh Air” - Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH

“Ten-Thirty - Glave Kocen - Richmond, VA

“Boundless” - Turner Center for the Arts - Valdosta, GA

Juried Show - 84th Annual Juried Exhibition (Hudson Vallery Art Association) - New York, NY

Juried Show - Wanderlust - Howard Mandville Gallery - Kirkland, WA

Group Show - “Mirror Mirror” - Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK

Group Show - Georgian Museum - Lancaster, OH

Group Show - Airstream Invitational - Jackson Center, OH

Juried Show - “Spring Into Art” - Turner Center for the Arts - Valdosta, GA

Group Show - “Painted City” - Schumacher Gallery Capital University - Columbus, OH

Juried Show - “Landscape Invitational” - Black Moth Gallery

Group Show - “Good the Bad and WTF” - Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK

Group Show - 6x6” - Randy HIgbee Gallery - Costa Mesa, CA

 

2016

Group Show - 6x6” - Randy HIgbee Gallery - Costa Mesa, CA

Group Show - Lagerquist Gallery - Atlanta, GA

Group Show - Current Art Fair - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA

Group Show - “Cauldron” - Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK

Group Show - “Steven Walker & Tia Maggio" - Duvall Design Gallery - Millwood, VA

Group Show - “Steven Walker & Antonia Walker" Susan Calloway Fine Arts - Washington, D.C.

Juried Show - “Richeson 75-Landscapes Show” - Richeson School of Art Gallery - Kimberly, WI

Group Show - Altitude - Lovetts Gallery - Tulsa, OK

Group Show - Georgian Museum - Lancaster, OH

Juried Show - Spring Fling - Gateway Arts Council - Sidney, OH

 

2015

“I’m Better on Paper” - Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH

“New Works by Steven S. Walker” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA

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

Group Show - “Small works Show” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA

Two Person Show - “Of Light and Shadows” - Jarrett Thor Gallery - Colonial Beach, VA

Group Show - Tecumseh Land Trust - Yellow Springs, OH

Group Show - McConnell Arts Faculty Show  - Worthington, OH

Juried Show - Art at the Mill - Millwood, VA

Group Show - Faculty Show - McConnell Arts Center of Worthington - Worthington, OH

 

2014

“Simply Louisville”  - B. Deemer Gallery - Louisville, KY

“It’s a New Day” - Sharon Weiss Gallery - Columbus, OH

Juried Show - “Urban Aspect” -  Principle Gallery - Alexandria, VA

Governor’s Awards for the Arts - Columbus, OH

Juried Show - Richeson 75 Small Works Show - Richeson Gallery - Kimberly, WI

Group Show - - “Fair Fields” - Georgian Museum - Lancaster, OH

Art Renewal Center - Online Showcase

Group Show - Hilton Hotel Invitational - Columbus, OH

Group Show - “Art at the Mill” - Burwell-Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA

Group Show - Local Color - Worthington Area Art League - Worthington, OH

Group Show - Spring Fling - Gateway Arts Council - Sidney, OH

 

 

2013

“Time of Day” - B. Deemer Gallery – Louisville, KY

“Living Proof” – Sharon Weiss Gallery – Columbus, OH

“Light at Heart” - Jarrett Thor Gallery - Colonial Beach, NC

“Surf & Turf” - Vision Gallery - Atlantic Beach, NC

Center Gallery - Glen Arbor, MI

The First 35” - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA 

Juried Show - Art Renewal Center - Online Showcase

 

2012

Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA - March 

Inniswoods Metro Park - Westerville, OH - December

New Works by Steven Walker – Gateway Arts Council – Sidney, OH

“Partly Cloudy” – Findlay University – Findlay, OH

Juried Show - 2012 International Salon – Greenhouse Gallery – San Antonio, TX

Juried Show - Richeson 75 Landscape competition – Richeson Gallery – Kimberly, WI

Juried Show - Worthington Area Art League “WAAL at the MAC” - McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH - January

Instructors Show – Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation – Leesburg, VA

Group Show 0 Landscape Show – Nan Miller Gallery – Rochester, NY

Group Show - PNC Arts Alive Worthington Sayama Arts Exchange – McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH

 

2011

“New Works by Steven S. Walker” - Worthington Recreational Center- Worthington, OH

“Days to Remember - Glave Kocen Gallery - Richmond, VA

“Just Down the Road - B. Deemer Gallery - Louisville, KY

Group Show - Central Ohio Plein Air at the High Banks Metro Parks Nature Center - Lewis Center, OH 

Group Show - Rhodes Tower Exhibition - Columbus, OH

Group Show - Central Ohio Plein Air at Inniswoods Metro Park -  Westerville, OH 

Group Show - Central Ohio Plein Air at the Statehouse - Ohio Statehouse - Columbus, OH

Group Show - Air Force Art Program - Belize

Group Show - “Process” - McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH

Group Show - “Art at the Mill” - Burwell-Morgan Mill - Millwood, VA

Group Show - “Small Works Show” - Glave Kocen Gallery-Richmond, VA

 

 

2010

“Under a Virginia Sky: Works by Steven Walker” - Charles Harris Library Gallery - Wise, VA

“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

Juried Show - “The American Landscape” - Maryland Federation of the Arts - Annapolis, MD

Group Show - “Ohio Plein Air Exhibition” - The Arts Castle - Delaware, OH

Juried Show - “Richeson 75-Landscapes Show” - Richeson School of Art Gallery - Kimberly, WI

Group Show - “New Works” - Art Access Gallery - Bexley, OH

Group Show - “Through my Window” - McConnell Arts Center - Worthington, OH

Group Show - Air Force Art Program - Elmendorf AFB - Anchorage, AK

 

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

Group Show - “The Black West: Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Untold Stories” - Booth Museum of Western Art – Cartersville, GA

Group Show - “New Works” - Art Access Gallery - Bexley, OH

Juried Show - “Richeson 75-Landscapes, Small Works Show” - Richeson School of Art Gallery - Kimberly, WI

Group Show - “Aldie Mill Art Show” - Historic Aldie Mill - Aldie, Virginia

Juried Show - “Art at the Mill” - Clarke County Historical Association - Berryville, VA

Juried Show - “Oh Cow” - Crossing Art - Flushing, NY

Juried Show - “Fine Line” - Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA

Juried Show - “Think Small 5” - Art 6 Gallery - Richmond, VA 

Group Show - Air Force Art Program - Manas Air Field, Kyrgyzstan 

 

2008

“Under a Virginia Sky: Works by Steven Walker” - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

“Landscapes by Steven Walker” Morgan’s Treasure, Westerville, OH

Group Show - “Service before Self” - Air Force Art Program, Bolling Air Force Base

Group Show - “Service before Self” - Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA

Juried Show - “Turning the Page” - Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts, Bethesda, MD

Juried Show - “Terra Firma - Survey of Approaches to Landscapes” - Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Group Show - “Buffalo Soldier, Images of the West” - Booth Museum, Cartersville, GA

Juried Show - “Richeson 75 Landscapes show” Richeson Art School - Kimberly, WI

Group Show - “Variations in the Landscape” Art Access Gallery, Bexley, OH

Juried Show - “Nature’s Own” - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts - Fredericksburg, VA

Juried Show - “Aldie Mill Art Show” Aldie, Virginia

Group Show - “Small Works Show” Glave Kocen Gallery

Group Show - Richmond Illustrators Club Members Show - Richmond Public Library

Group Show - Illustrators Club of D.C., MD and VA Juried Competition The Edison Place Gallery Washington, D.C.

Juried Show - “Art at the Mill” - Clarke County Historical Association - Berryville, VA

 

 

2007

“On the Road”- Medical College of Virginia

“Road Trips - The Landscapes of Steven Walker” Richmond Public Library 

“North Carolina Society of Illustrators” - Center for Creative Leadership-Greensboro, NC

Group Show - “African American Arts Exhibition” - Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center - Richmond, VA

Group Show - Richmond Illustrators Club - Richmond Public Library 

Juried Show - Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 45 West Annual Show -Billy Shire Fine Art Gallery 

Juried Show - Richmond Illustrators Club Annual Juried Show - Plant Zero 

Group Show - “North Carolina Society of Illustrators” - Center for Creative Leadership-Greensboro, NC

Juried Show - Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Human Form Show Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts Fredericksburg, VA

Juried Show - “Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts Regional Exhibition” FCCVA  - Fredericksburg, VA

Juried Show - “Art at the Mill” - Clarke County Historical Association - Berryville, VA

 

2006

Juried Show - Illustrators Club of D.C., MD and VA Members Show - The Art Institute of Washington

Juried Show - Illustrators Club of D.C., MD and VA Juried Competition, The Edison Place Gallery - Washington, D.C.

Juried Show - Pine Camp Community Arts Center Competition – Richmond, VA

Group Show - Exhibition with artist Forrest Young - Richmond Public Library

 

2005

Juried Show - The Society of Illustrators of North Carolina  “The Art and Baseball” The Marshall Gallery - Greensboro, NC

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

 

2004

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

 

2003

“Steven Walker’s Virginia Landscapes” - Richmond City Public Library

 

2002

“Steven Walker’s Virginia Landscapes” - Richmond City Public Library

“The Landscapes of Steven Walker” - Barnes & Noble – Richmond, VA

Group Show - “Richmond Represents” - Richmond Public Library

Group Show - 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.