At heart I'm a storyteller, and the paintings I create usually have a tale to tell, enigmatic
tho it may be. I paint narratives, large or small, actual or nearly so, that I perceive taking
place all around us. My approach to painting is representational, although the work
evolves from an imaginative core. Painting in a realistic style allows for a direct
interpretation of the thoughts that wind around in my mind as I explore my subjects. In
some cases, a painting's story is almost fully rendered, while in others I prefer to
present a mere suggestion to act as a starting point for the viewer's interpretation.
Just as thoughts intertwine, building into larger mental concepts, I weave dry brushed
strokes around colored glazes of acrylic paint to build value and form on the painting's
surface. Initially, glazes are liberally brushed or sometimes poured over the surface and
then manipulated with a variety of tools to create texture and depth, while leaving
enough space for the “random happy accident” to expand upon. As the work progresses
areas are refined and detail added. Multiple, sometimes aggressive, applications of
paint demand a rigid foundation, so I typically work on a gessoed hardboard panel.
Recently I've begun to include looser, more abstract passages in my paintings along
with more intense color. I find these aspects can work, in an almost counter intuitive
way, to reinforce the painting's focus and direction.
John Walker studied at the College of DuPage in Wheaton IL and the American
Academy of Art in Chicago IL. Upon graduation he worked at Feldkamp/Malloy before
becoming a staff illustrator at Higgens Hegner Genovese and later a freelance illustrator
with Frank Lux and Associates. For over fifteen years he has worked from his own
studio creating artwork for a diverse group of advertising and publishing clients including
National Geographic, The Bradford Exchange, McDonalds, Warner Brothers and Random House.
John has always painted for personal satisfaction,as time and obligations allowed, but
the past few years have seen a greater share of his time and energy devoted to creating
fine art. He has recently returned to exhibiting his work in public and has taken first
place honors in several local shows. His painting Rose won a First Place Award at the
2010 Alliance of Fine Art's Best of the Best exhibit and he is a participant in this year's
show once again.
John Walker is also a teacher at our Joan of Art
Professional Art Instruction workshops.