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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 (& skiing!). Post college, she flew internationally for TWA and Pan Am Airlines for seven years. 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,(hiking, biking, & kayaking), and continuing to travel 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. A holiday in Tuscany or a weekend trip to Sonoma County inspire me to capture the essence of a locale. I paint to record the sensation of a moment in time, to create in the viewer a palpable feeling of being transported experientially into the scene. The challenge is to translate the full power of the senses engaged onto a two-dimensional surface. 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.
“Marti Walker is a listener. Her close observation of nature advances her capacity of doing paintings of great interest.” -- Gregory Kondos